BY: Phaedra Trethan
A statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed from Cooper River Park, a spokesman for Camden County confirmed. The statue was removed by a contractor for its owner, the Order Sons of Italy's New Jersey chapter, county spokesman Kyle Sullender said Wednesday. Sullender said the Sons of Italy opted to remove the statue from its North Park Drive pedestal on Tuesday night.
In a June 12 statement, Camden County Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli noted that although generations of schoolchildren were taught that Columbus was an explorer whose discoveries led to the colonization of the New World, "what was not taught was that Columbus arrived in a land inhabited by Native peoples, that he was directly responsible for the slaughter of many of these Natives, and that countless other atrocities were committed at his direction."