Chicago's Italian American community fights for Columbus Day, return of statues

Oct 13, 2020 429

BY: Joanie Lum and Michele Fiore

Columbus Day in Chicago will look different this year as the fight for the return of the Columbus statues weighs heavy on the Italian American community. One of the Columbus statues removed this summer sat at Arrigo Park. It was relocated because of violent protests, but not destroyed. Italian Americans say enough is enough and to put the statues back. 

On the day before Columbus Day, pictures of successful Italian Americans decorated Arrigo Park, instead of the famous statue. Despite the Columbus criticisms, some Italian Americans aren't ready to give up on him. “They see one thing, we see another thing and it’s very unfortunate, so I say I’m sorry," said Sergio Giangrande with the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.

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