Columbus controversy? Pueblo Italian community: `Statue is going nowhere’

Jul 15, 2020 792

BY: Jon Pompia

For more than a century, the Christopher Columbus Piazza in the 100 block of Abriendo Avenue has served as the hub for celebrations of the federal holiday dedicated to the Italian explorer. Built in 1905 by members of the local Italian community, the monument, capped by a large bronze bust of Columbus, has come to symbolize the opening of the New World to all immigrants.

Through the years, members of the Pueblo Sons of Italy lodge and supporters of Columbus Day have maintained and beautified the piazza. Among its features are tributes to those inducted into the Pueblo Columbus Day Hall of Fame. In 2011, the monument was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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