Norwalk Removes Columbus Statue Ahead Of Protest

Jun 26, 2020

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Norwalk, Connecticut, came down, with no announcement and little fanfare in the dead of night, ahead of a planned protest.

The statue stood in the city’s Thomas C. O’Connor Park. Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling says the local Columbus Memorial Fund asked the city to relocate the statue because they were worried about vandalism.

The statue is one of several of Columbus to come down in Connecticut in recent weeks as part of larger anti-racism actions nationwide. Earlier this week, a fight broke out among dueling protests during the removal of a Columbus statue in New Haven.

Rilling’s office didn’t say where the statue will be moved or what—if anything—will replace it.