New Haven Removes Columbus Statue, Changes School Name

Jun 25, 2020

The bronze statue of Christopher Columbus formerly located at Wooster Square in New Haven, Conn. The statue was removed by the city Parks Commission Wednesday.
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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.