Columbus statue taken down in Tower Grove Park in St. Louis

Jun 17, 2020 907

BY: Kim Bell , Valerie Schremp Hahn , Erin Heffernan

A bronze statue of Christopher Columbus erected in Tower Grove Park in 1886 was taken off its pedestal and removed Tuesday at the direction of the park’s Board of Commissioners, making St. Louis the latest of several U.S. cities to contend with controversial monuments this month amid national protests for racial justice.

The statue on Main Drive near the east entrance to the park had survived years of vandalism and several protests calling for its removal by activists concerned with the Italian explorer’s mistreatment of indigenous people. Crews used a crane early Tuesday to carefully remove the statue and load it onto a truck, leaving only its stone base marked with fading graffiti.

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