Columbus statue placed in front of Southington town offices draws criticism

Sep 14, 2017 374

BY: Jesse Buchanan

A monument to Christopher Columbus erected in front of the John Weichsel Municipal Center this week has drawn criticism from some residents. Town councilors unanimously approved the plinth and bust honoring the Italian explorer two years ago and said it would be unfair to the groups that paid for the monument to remove it now.

Erica Roggeveen Byrne, founder of Southington Women for Progress, submitted a letter to the council Monday with more than 120 signatures of people opposed to the statue. Byrne said she and supporters were late to the game but hope that a plaque can be added to the monument addressing what she called “historical inaccuracies” about Columbus’ discovery of America written on the plinth.

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SOURCE: http://www.myrecordjournal.com

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