Providence Christopher Columbus moved into storage

The City will be removing the statue from its current location in the Elmwood neighborhood until a final determination on the statue’s future can be advised by the Special Committee for Commemorative Works.

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – The Christopher Columbus statue in Providence was taken down Thursday and moved into storage pending a decision on its future.

The city removed the statue from its current location in the Elmwood neighborhood until a final determination on the statue’s future can be advised by the Special Committee for Commemorative Works.

The statue has been at the center of controversy for years and has been vandalized numerous times in recent years.

It was most recently vandalized by three suspects in June. 

“We want our community’s voice centered in the decisions made around the memorials, historical markers and monuments that represent our city,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza in a statement. “These works should reflect the vibrancy of our neighborhoods and be a source of pride for the residents who live within them. Through this Committee, we are allowing the community to take an active role in shaping these decisions and hope that through future projects, we can better reflect the collective memory of our beautiful city in these landmarks.”

A spokesperson for Elorza says the committee is comprised of six individuals who will work to analyze discussions on the future of the Christopher Columbus statue and advise the Board of Parks Commissioners, who will make a final determination.

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