Petition calls for removal of Christopher Columbus statue from Tower Grove Park

Jun 13, 2020 648

BY: Kim St Onge

There is a growing push across the country to take down controversial statues, including Christopher Columbus. In some states, statues of the European explorer have been torn down, beheaded, and dumped into the lake. Historical records reveal Columbus forced many natives to be slaves. According to, Columbus treated them with 'extreme violence and brutality,' a far cry from the story many learned growing up of the Italian explorer who became a hero after discovering America in 1492. 

“He’s not the person that we thought he was or that we were taught he was. Maybe the history has been out there all along but our educational system prioritizes the stories that benefit those in charge," said Mary Schum, who supports removing the Christopher Columbus statue in Tower Grover Park. 

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