BANGOR — The Business and Economic Committee met Tuesday virtually.
The committee members considered a proposal from the Commission on Cultural Development that focused on removing the Estevan Gomez monument from the Kenduskeag Stream.
“The commission’s recommendation to you to consider is to remove the upper cross, have that relocated to the Bangor Historical Society who has said that they upon initial request are willing and able to take the upper portion and then the rest of the monument would be recommended to be destroyed,” said Tanya Emery, Bangor’s economic development director.
Gomez was a Portuguese explorer who captured between 30 and 60 indigenous people.
Emery added that in the proposal, the Bangor Historical Society will use the upper cross to put the monument in proper historical context so that Gomez’s role in indigenous oppression is acknowledged.
The committee approved the proposal and now it will head to city council on October 26