Celebrating Columbus Day in a year of racial reckoning and protest

Oct 13, 2020 157

BY: Trish Hartman

It's an annual tradition for the Sons of Italy in Hammonton, New Jersey: Celebrating Columbus Day, and honoring local families of Italian descent. "It's a great celebration where we continue to celebrate our Italian heritage and honor Columbus of course," said club president Nick LaGuardia. 

Guests were allowed to visit the bust of explorer Christopher Columbus inside the lodge in small groups, due to the pandemic. The sculpture is usually displayed in public but was moved inside the year to prevent vandalism. Action News spoke to the daughter of the late local artist who made the sculpture almost 30 years ago. "I was afraid of it getting vandalized and that really would have broken my heart," said Kimberly Sakowicz of Hammonton.

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SOURCE: https://6abc.com

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