Columbus statue removed in South Chicago

Aug 01, 2020 284

Another statue of Christopher Columbus has been removed overnight in Chicago. The statue was in the city’s South Chicago neighborhood as part of The Drake Fountain display on a pedestrian island at 92nd and Exhange. The Chicago Sun-Times says the statue was dedicated in 1892. It is believed to be the first statue commemorating Columbus in Chicago.

The city released the following statement in regards to the statue’s removal: “Following public safety concerns over planned demonstrations similar to the one in Grant Park two weeks ago, the City has temporarily relocated the Christopher Columbus statue at Drake Fountain in the South Chicago neighborhood until further notice."

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