McKinley Statue

This page will provide links to various research and articles regarding the statue of William McKinley, in addition to the latest press updates.

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, Arcata City Council voted 4-1 in favor of removing the McKinley statue from Arcata's Plaza.

Following the Council's vote, a petition for the "Initiative to prohibit the modification and/or destruction of the President William McKinley statue and its base and/or the relocation from its historic place in the center of the Plaza" was circulated to the Arcata community for signatures. The petition needed 954 signatures of Arcata registered voters to qualify as a ballot measure for the general election taking place on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The petition received 1,426 signatures of registered Arcata voters.

Now that the petition qualified, on Wednesday, July 11, Arcata City Council members were given three options: 1. Adopt the ordinance outright without alteration 2. Submit the ordinance to the voters of Arcata 3. Order a report from any City department regarding the impact of the ordinance on the City. Of the four Council members present for the vote, all voted to submit the ordinance to the voters of Arcata.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, registered Arcata voters will have the opportunity to vote in favor of, or against the McKinley measure, known as Measure M. If approved by the majority of Arcata voters, Measure M would prevent the City from relocating the McKinley statue and its base from its current location at the center of Arcata’s Plaza.

The complete text of Measure M can be found here.

Press Updates

May 4, 2018 Press Release - McKinley Statue Scoping Meeting Scheduled For Thursday, May 17

March 30, 2018 Press Release - City of Arcata Update: McKinley Statue Next Steps

February 23, 2018 Press Release - Arcata City Council Votes in Favor of Removing McKinley Statue & Historic Plaque From Arcata Plaza