Sons of Italy: Columbus statue should be moved to Federal Hill

Oct 11, 2017 1576

BY: Shaun Towne

After a statue of Christopher Columbus was targeted by vandals in Providence, the head of the local chapter of the Sons of Italy is calling for the effigy to be moved to the community it primarily represents. Presumably in protest of Columbus Day, vandals doused the statue bearing the Italian explorer’s likeness with red paint Monday morning.

The statue, which stands at the intersection of Elmwood and Reservoir Avenues, has since been cleaned, but the image has not been erased from Don Angelo’s memory. “I was very disappointed because personally I don’t believe in destroying private or public property,” Angelo told Eyewitness News on Tuesday.

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