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Sacagawea honored at statue in Virginia

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – After years of debate, a change has been made at a famous Charlottesville statue to honor the contributions a Native American woman made to the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Residents and Native American guests erected a marker at the West Main Street tableau, which features Lewis and Clark along with Sacagawea, the Shoshone woman who served as a guide and interpreter.

The statue, erected in 1919, had drawn criticism for years because it depicted Sacagawea kneeling next to the explorers, who stand upright.

Ros Ann Abrahamson, a descendant of Sacagawea, says the marker honoring her ancestor’s contributions to the expedition is a fitting tribute.

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