Christopher Columbus

Former New Haven Christopher Columbus Statue
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New Haven’s Wooster Square may soon have a new monument to represent the experience of Italian immigrants. It will replace a statue of Christopher Columbus — removed last year amid protests.

Despite Racial Justice Protests, Some Cling to Columbus Day

Oct 12, 2020
New Haven Italian Heritage Day
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While many cities and towns have moved to observe the second Monday in October as Indiginous Peoples' Day, others still recognize the federal holiday as Columbus Day. The NAACP marked the day with a peaceful protest for the removal of a Christopher Columbus statue in Waterbury, Connecticut. Meanwhile, Italian Americans in Bridgeport celebrated Columbus with a parade.

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Christopher Columbus was fortunate to live in what we now call “The Age of Discovery,” when there was still plenty to be discovered — by European explorers, at least. Five hundred years later, what we see on the world map is what we get, now and forever. Modern explorers are left with nothing to explore except a few muddy ocean depths and the remotest corners of the remotest forests.

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Connecticut’s largest city is considering the fate of a statue of Christopher Columbus removed from a public park.

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The Bridgeport Park Board  in Connecticut has voted unanimously to let Mayor Joe Ganim put back the Christopher Columbus statue at Seaside Park, a month after it was removed abruptly.