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On the occasion of Pride Month - Capital Pride (4-15 June 2020), the Embassy of Italy, together with those of Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, with the participation of the State Department and the Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC) group, l...

The removal of one New Jersey Christopher Columbus statue and similar efforts gaining attention around New Jersey are causing frustration for some Italian-Americans who say the polarizing explorer has become a symbol of great importance for their shared heritage.  New Jersey Italian Heritage Commission Chairman Robert DiBiase said with "justified p...

Philadelphia officials said Monday that there are no plans to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from Marconi Plaza. The announcement was issued after a weekend of sometimes tense moments between protesters who defended Columbus as a symbol of Italian American culture, and counter-protesters who argued that the statue represents oppression. Ba...

The killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has renewed protests over statues that many people say glorify racist or genocidal figures in American history. In Philadelphia, the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo was taken down in the middle of the night after protesters tried to topple it during protests. In South Philadelphia, protesters...

On the evening of Tuesday, June 9th, a statue of the Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus was torn down from its pedestal in Richmond, Virginia’s Byrd Park by approximately 200 demonstrators. The statue was then draped in an American flag and set on fire. When the point had been proven with the burning, the statue was dragged to a nearby pond...

The base of a second monument honoring Christopher Columbus is being hidden from view while its future is debated after the explorer became a focus of protesters in Philadelphia amid nationwide demonstrations following George Floyd's death in Minnesota. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation said the monument at Penns Landing on the Delaware Riv...

Senator Joe Pennacchio (R-26) released the following statement in reaction to a published report of the launch of an online petition seeking the removal of the Christopher Columbus monument in Parsippany. A bust of Columbus was installed on a granite base on Parsippany Boulevard in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Italian explorer lan...

There is a renewed push to remove a Christopher Columbus statue in Lancaster, and County Commissioner Craig Lehman is spearheading the movement following nationwide protests surrounding racial inequality. Cities, states, and municipalities across the country have removed similar statues. “My thinking was that this would bring about a necessary nati...

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Columbus statues have been pulled down all over the country.  He’s the trending symbol of hatred, of oppression, of racism and bigotry, so the good and tolerant folk who hate the things they think he did (according to Howard Zinn and other hostile biographers) have been exorcising his spirit by vandalizing his image. In most cities, they’ve been su...

Hoboken, New Jersey nicknamed the Mile Square City is most well-known as the birthplace of Frank Sinatra and the birthplace of America’s pastime: baseball. Historically, Hoboken was home to a large Italian immigrant population and its Italian roots are still deeply entwined in the town’s culture today. Hoboken ports on the Hudson established by tra...

Thirty years ago, the Senator John Heinz History Center embarked on a mission to preserve and interpret the history of Italian migrants that settled in Western Pennsylvania. The initiative began at the encouragement of Italian American community leaders who sought to recognize the legacy of Italian immigrants in the region. They discussed funding a...