Tower Grove Park will keep its Christopher Columbus statue

Sep 27, 2019 78

BY: Beth O'Malley

Tower Grove Park’s board has decided to keep the Christopher Columbus statue at its current location. The board said in a statement on Wednesday that the statue will stay near the Grand Avenue entrance to the park, and park officials will add signs nearby “with important historical context about Columbus and the history of the park’s land.”

The statue was personally commissioned by Henry Shaw, who founded the park and whose gardens became the nearby Missouri Botanical Garden. It was sculpted by Ferdinand von Miller and installed in 1886. The statement says it is one of several Shaw commissioned to honor contributions of immigrant groups in St. Louis.

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