Proposal to Move Statue of Italian Saint Angers Residents in Ironbound

Jul 03, 2024 174

BY: Kenneth Weiss

Plans to move a statue of a celebrated Italian-American figure from a neglected park have angered Ironbound residents, who turned out at a meeting Monday to voice their concerns about the proposal, which was discussed by City Council earlier this year.

The statue of Roman Catholic St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, also known as Mother Cabrini, is in a park outside of Newark Penn Station, but in April the City Council discussed moving it to a space near St. Francis Xavier Church in the North Ward — a move that prompted objections during the meeting organized by East Ward Councilman Michael Silva at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.

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