Calls To Remove Columbus Statue From Oakland Grow

Jun 24, 2020 242

BY: Kiley Koscinski

It’s been two years since the bronze statue of Pittsburgh-born composer Stephen Foster and a barefoot black man playing a banjo was removed from Schenley Plaza. The statue was denounced for decades, but the criticism gained steam in the aftermath of a deadly protest in Charlottesville, Va. over the removal of Confederate monuments.

The city held public meetings about replacing the Foster statue with one of an African-American woman from Pittsburgh. Two years later, no replacement statue has been erected. A city spokesman declined to provide information about the status of the effort to replace the Foster statue.

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