Columbus monument goes from endangered to the National Register of Historic Places

Dec 07, 2018 534

BY: Kenneth Lovett

The Christopher Columbus monument across from Central Park has gone from endangered to protected. The 76-foot statute of the Italian explorer that some recently wanted removed was instead recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Gov. Cuomo announced Thursday.

"The Columbus monument is revered by the Italian-American community in New York and stands as a tribute to the ways our state has welcomed immigrants from around the globe,” Cuomo said. “I am proud that we were able to secure this designation, which will help ensure the history of all cultures that make up our uniquely diverse state is always recognized.” The state listed the statue, which was erected in 1892, on the state historic register in September and recommended the National Park Service follow suit, which it did on Nov. 20.

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