BY: DON STACOM and REBECCA LURYE
In the most contentious year yet about the legacy of Christopher Columbus, people in Connecticut took very different approaches Monday to observing the anniversary of his arrival in the Americas. Some cities, like Hartford, said it would likely be the last celebrated as Columbus Day, echoing a national shift in which hundreds of towns and more than a dozen states have done away with the holiday, while President Donald Trump endorsed it, promising to promote “patriotic education.”
Various community groups instead held events to mark Monday as Indigenous People’s Day, the holiday they chose when jettisoning Columbus Day as an outdated memorial to a genocidal slave trader. A few tried to steer a middle course: Greenwich First Selectman Fred Camillo, for instance, proclaimed Monday as Bea and Peter Crumbine Day for their contribution to his town’s Italian-American community.