Philadelphia judge rules Christopher Columbus statue can stay at Marconi Plaza

Aug 18, 2021 551

BY: Bob Brooks

A judge has ruled that a controversial Christopher Columbus statue can stay in South Philadelphia. "It is baffling to this Court as to how the City of Philadelphia wants to remove the Statue without any legal basis. The City's entire argument and case is devoid of any legal foundation," said the judge in a seven-page decision on Tuesday.

The ruling overturns the decisions by the City of Philadelphia Board of License and Inspection Review and later the Philadelphia Historical Commission to remove the statute. Rich Cedrone, president of the Friends of Marconi Plaza, fought to keep the Columbus statue at Marconi Plaza. "We still don't believe it stands for anything against any other culture. That's not our message," said Cedrone.

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