Commission to consider potential removal of Columbus statue in Tower Grove Park

Aug 30, 2018 706

Since 1886, a statue of Christopher Columbus has stood in Tower Grove Park in south St. Louis. Now, there's a push to remove the iconic statue. The park's board has formed a commission to study the placement of the statue and gather input from the community. In 2017, vandals splashed red paint on the statue and wrote phrases like murder across it. 

Christopher Columbus and his namesake holiday has sparked controversy in the past. Supporters of 'Indigenous People's Day' believe Columbus should not be celebrated for discovering America since people were living in the 'New World' before he arrived. Tower Grove Park Executive Director Bill Reininger says the commission's purpose is to continue to be accommodating and welcome to all.

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