De Blasio’s monument commission opts to keep Columbus statue — but will add markers honoring indigenous people

Jan 12, 2018 993

BY: Jillian Jorgensen and Erin Durkin

Christopher Columbus stays — with an asterisk. The findings of Mayor de Blasio’s monuments commission were set in stone Thursday — with the group deciding after months of deliberations not to completely tear down any statues around the city in a monumentally anticlimactic ruling. Columbus will remain atop his perch high above the circle named for him on the Upper West Side — but the city will put up new historical markers in and around Columbus Circle to “continue the public discourse” — and will commission, at city expense, a new monument honoring indigenous people.

“Thousands of New Yorkers got involved in this process, and there's been an important conversation going on across the city,” de Blasio said in a statement. “Reckoning with our collective histories is a complicated undertaking with no easy solution. Our approach will focus on adding detail and nuance to — instead of removing entirely — the representations of these histories.”

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