The Future of the Columbus Murals

Sep 19, 2019 250

BY: Margaret Fosmoe

An exhibit about the early history of the University of Notre Dame, including images of the Christopher Columbus murals and information about their historical significance, will be created in a room on the second floor of the Main Building, Jenkins said on September 17 in his annual address to the faculty.

Italian artist Luigi Gregori’s 12 paintings have lined the second-floor corridors of the Main Building since the 1880s. Depicting Columbus’ journey to the new world, the murals have been criticized for stereotypical and inaccurate images of Native Americans. Students, faculty and alumni and have held periodic protests and issued calls for their removal.

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