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New Haven Removes Columbus Statue, Changes School Name

Former New Haven Christopher Columbus Statue
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A clash on Wednesday in New Haven between Italian-American protesters, largely from out-of-town, and people supporting an effort to remove a statue of Christopher Columbus from a city park greeted the crew tasked with taking it down.

Local officials removed the statue because of the Italian explorer's legacy that includes atrocities committed against Native Americans. 

New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker supported the decision.

The city school board also voted Tuesday night to rename Christopher Columbus Family Academy and to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day. 

The cities of New London and Middletown have also removed Columbus statues, and Hartford has plans to do so, as well.

Cassandra Basler, a former senior editor at WSHU, came to the station by way of Columbia Journalism School in New York City. When she's not reporting on wealth and poverty, she's writing about food and family.
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