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Councilman Jorge Cruz watched last week as New Haven and Hartford moved ahead with taking down statues of Christopher Columbus and wondered, why not here? “He don’t deserve to be honored with a statue at Seaside Park,” Cruz said of the monument to the Genoese explorer that has stood in his South End district since the mid-1960s. “I’ve had animosity...

Amid weeks of nationwide demonstrations for racial justice, public statues of Christopher Columbus — from D.C. to California — have come under heightened scrutiny, with statues being vandalized and ripped down by those who say the man's memory isn't something to celebrate. Here in Boston, a statue of the explorer in the North End was decapitated th...

The present demonization of Christopher Columbus in New Haven, as well as in the rest of the country, is a misguided rush to judgment. To blame Columbus for all the inequities of European colonialism is not only absurd but inaccurate and anachronistic. To be sure, the Columbian Exchange and settlement of the Americas by Europeans was achieved by a...

While the City of Boston re-evaluates the future of a decapitated Christopher Columbus statue, strong opinions from residents have emerged on both sides. The Italian American Alliance in Boston are pushing for the statue’s restoration and return, with the view that Columbus is a symbol of hope for many immigrants seeking economic opportunity. But m...

One of Rhode Island’s most popular dining destinations is looking to the great outdoors this summer for a boost in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Restaurants on Atwells Avenue will expand al fresco seating out onto the pavement as the street is closed to traffic starting next weekend. "We're really excited, all of us here on Federal Hill. It's...

The New London City Council has voted to permanently remove the city's Christopher Columbus statue. New London Mayor Michael Passero decided to remove the statue last week to protect it from more potential vandalism. It was taken down on Sunday. At a virtual meeting Tuesday, more than 60 spoke before city councilors passed an ordinance stating that...

New Haven and Hartford became the latest Connecticut cities Monday to say they would remove statues honoring Christopher Columbus from public property. Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said in a statement released by his office Monday evening that a Columbus statue near the state Capitol would be “removed from city property.” “When the statue of Co...

On Saturday, the statue of Christopher Columbus in Harbor Park was removed. On Sunday, Mayor Ben Florsheim took to Facebook to explain why the sculpture, which he said had been “donated by several groups of local, mostly Italian-American families in the mid-1990s,” was taken down. “First, it has been slated for a temporary move for a while,” Florsh...

Christopher Columbus could once again show his face in a North End park where protesters last week beheaded a statue of the controversial Colonial-era explorer. “We have an understanding with the mayor’s office that statute will be repaired and returned to the place it was before, but this time with better security and cameras to prevent vandalism...

Mayor Sarno has announced the Italian American Veterans Memorial Monument located in the South end in Springfield has been defaced. The monument honors Italian-Americans who made a sacrifice to protect our country so all Americans can enjoy the freedom that we have had Sarno said.  “This unfortunate incident is not unlike the vandalism that occurre...

Mayor Walsh, joined by State Representative Aaron Michlewitz, came out in opposition towards the vandalism of Christopher Columbus Park’s namesake statue. Walsh and Michlewitz emphasized the fundamental rights and involvement of all North End neighborhood residents in helping to shape future discussions and decision-making regarding the potential r...

Back in October 1980, a monument of Christopher Columbus was unveiled on East Main Street, right near Columbus Square. As listed on the monument, it was dedicated by several Italian-American organizations: the Aviglianese Society, John Cavallari Post, Concordia Lodge 20 O.S.I.A., the Piemontese Society, and Unico National. Over the years the city h...