Columbus statue still stands in Chester

Jul 17, 2021 357

BY: Pete Bannan

Columbus seems to be making a comeback. A year after the Christopher Columbus statue in Chester was covered by a blue tarp with plans for removal, the golden statue is still there, peeking out from a deteriorating tarp. The statue is located on Route 291 next to the Old Swedes burial ground at Market Square, not far from City Hall.

It was covered following the nationwide protests over historical statues that many people say glorify racist or genocidal figures in American history. While the statue hadn’t been the center of protests like in Philadelphia, at least one group of residents took the time last year to stand in front of it with fists raised. City officials have tried to get the original donors to take the statue away but as of yet have not had any luck.

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