Officials, New Haven group mark one year since Columbus statue was removed

Jun 25, 2021 382

BY: Matt McFarland and Andrew Masse

One year ago, the Elm City took down its statue of Christopher Columbus, and the debate over what happened that day and what will replace it is still as divisive as ever. Hundreds filled this green to watch the statue come down a year ago today. Today, a much small group gathered, determined to get the statue back, but the mayor says the city is moving forward.

“There’s still a real bad feeling, a bad taste in our mouth," Louis Pane of the Italian American Heritage Group of New Haven said. This morning, a number of Italian Americans gathered in Wooster Square reflecting on the statue that stood here for more than 100 years and temporarily putting up a sign that says 'All Lives Matter', with the flags of countries from around the world.

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