Statue commemorated the setting of California.
A statue called Early Days in San Francisco was removed in the early morning Sept 14. It has been a controversial bronze that many Native Americans said celebrated the subjugation of their people.
It depicted an American Indian man, barely clothed and lying at the feet of a missionary and vaquero (Spanish for cowboy).
Erected in 1894, it commemorated the setting of California.
Early Days was removed in the pre-dawn this morning, put on a flat bed and taken away to be put in storage.