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A bronze monument in downtown’s Portland’s Chapman Square installed in 1993 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail by depicting a white pioneer family - father, mother, and son - at the end of their journey. Author Cynthia Culver Prescott says it also enshrines white cultural superiority as well as gender stereotypes.

A bronze monument in downtown’s Portland’s Chapman Square installed in 1993 commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Oregon Trail by depicting a white pioneer family - father, mother, and son - at the end of their journey. Author Cynthia Culver Prescott says it also enshrines white cultural superiority as well as gender stereotypes.

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As many Americans debate the fate of Confederate monuments, The Promised Land statue stands hidden in plain sight in Portland’s Chapman Square.