Stamford's Columbus Day celebration goes on a year after battle to remove downtown statue

Oct 09, 2021 352

BY: Ignacio Laguarda

More than a year ago, a group of Italian-Americans in Stamford fought to preserve a statue of Christopher Columbus in the downtown. On Sunday, they’ll celebrate that the statue is still standing. The Stamford chapter of the Italian-American service organization Unico is putting on the Columbus Day celebration, which will take place around 11:15 a.m. at the monument, which depicts Columbus standing on a globe — to symbolize the New World — in the center of a small pool of water.

The 1960 monument dedicated to the 15th-century explorer, and his name on the park where the statue stands, caused heated debates in the city this summer, mirroring those at other spots honoring Columbus around the country.

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