City of Providence meets to decide future of Christopher Columbus Statue

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The Columbus statue was removed last month from the spot where it stood for more than a century, the intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues.

The city decided to remove it because of controversy surrounding Columbus’ role in colonialism, slavery and genocide involving native people.

No decision has been made yet, on whether it will be brought back to another location.

Wendy Nilsson, Parks Superintendent said “I don’t anticipate this being before the board of park commissioners before the fall. I think a moratorium on it, give it a chance to rest a bit for people to explore options, would be in our best interest. There’s no immediate time table right now, the statue is secure.”

Mayor Elorza appointed a six member special committee for commemorative works to oversee the statue’s future. After speaking with past President of the Sons and Daughters of Italy, Joe Florio, he says he would like to see the statue brought to Federal Hill.

Florio said, “I’d like to see the statue come up on Atwells Avenue, Federal Hill. It’s the second most visited tourism spot in the state of Rhode Island, other than Newport. At least Federal Hill is a destination place.”

The statue was vandalized with red paint before it was removed and protesters also painted “Stop Celebrating Genocide” on it, in the past.

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