How Christopher Columbus statue could return through million-dollar art project

Apr 02, 2024 774

BY: Aaron Burd

A city initiative supported by a $2 million grant is seeking public opinion to decide what should happen to the Christopher Columbus statue removed from outside of City Hall in Columbus (OH) in 2020. The statue was ordered for removal by Mayor Andrew Ginther and placed in storage after community input. At the time, Ginther said the statue represented patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness.

“By replacing the statue, we are removing one more barrier to meaningful and lasting change to end systemic racism,” Ginther said in 2020. After years in storage, the Christopher Columbus statue could soon find a new home. That’s part of what Reimagining Columbus — a $3.5 million initiative to revise public art and commemorative spaces in the city — is trying to figure out.

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