The logo, which town supervisor believes is barely about 40 years outdated, depicts a miner and a noose hanging from a tree within the background. It alludes to California’s Gold Rush and the rise in crime that got here with it.
After an impromptu residents’ jury agreed to hold a person accused of against the law, the city grew to become known as Hangtown. It took on the title Placerville in 1854.
The metropolis council’s unanimous vote to remove the noose got here after greater than three hours of emotional feedback from group members throughout a council’s Zoom assembly.
Many argued the logo is racist.
“A noose is a symbol of death,” one resident mentioned. “A noose is a symbol of lynching. A noose is a symbol of racism. I think we’re better than that.”
Others argued eradicating the logo takes away from town’s historical past.
“This world right now is taking inch by inch little pieces of our history and throwing it away,” one other resident mentioned, who known as on the council to let the folks vote on the difficulty. “If we remove this, and the next thing you’re going to do is remove ‘Hangtown’ name itself, in 10-15 years, our kids aren’t going to know anything about it.”
This is not the primary time Placerville City Council has debated altering the controversial logo.
“Tonight shows you what a diverse and unique town we live in,” Mayor Dennis Thomas mentioned after Tuesday evening’s vote to remove the noose from town’s logo and different amenities.
The metropolis supervisor estimated the price to make the adjustments could be round 3,500. The value is predicted to be absorbed on this yr’s finances.