Johnston unveils disputed Christopher Columbus statue

Oct 10, 2023 377

BY: Kaitlin Gehlhaus, Samantha Latos

The unveiling of the Christopher Columbus statue at its new home in Johnston drew mixed reactions on Monday morning. People in favor take pride in the statue, saying Columbus is a symbolic figure of Italian heritage. “Our heritage is still here. Most of the people that live here are Italians… the old Italians, they live here,” said Lucy DaLessio of Johnston.

“This is what they like, what they need. I am glad that is happening here,” she said. “I thank the mayor for stepping up and doing this. so I am glad we are all here to enjoy this and honor this.” Those against the statue came with signs protesting its display in a public space, saying Columbus represents mass genocide of Native Americans.

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