The plaque in its altered state with the word "Savage" chiseled off on the third line
down, far right.
Monument for the Heroes (also known as Soldiers' Monument)
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States
Date of incident: 08/07/1973

A 33 ft. obelisk was erected on 1867 or 1868, shortly after the Civil War, in recognition of the soldiers who fought at the battles of Valverde and Glorieta Pass. The inscription also states that it honors "the heroes who have fallen in the various battles with savage Indians...” On August 7, 1973, the word “savage” was chiseled off in protest by a “young man with blond hair tied in a pony tail and wearing a hard hat”.*


Photo Credits
right: Paul Chaat Smith