Providence committee recommends permanent removal and sale of Columbus statue

THE PROVIDENCE SPECIAL COMMITTEE for Commemorative Works on Friday voted to recommend the Providence Christopher Columbus statue be permanently removed and sold. / COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND
PROVIDENCE – The city’s Special Committee for Commemorative Works will recommend the controversial Christopher Columbus statue not return to city parkland and instead be sold. The committee in a meeting on Friday unanimously approved a recommendation to permanently “deaccess” or remove and sell, the statue, pending an appraisal to determine its value. The 2.5-hour meeting…

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  1. Only when there is a true understanding that Columbus was a cruel, uncaring, murderous tyrant, will the removal be fully celebrated. Many people still do not know. This history should be exposed, taught, and always represent a humble reminder of what did happen and in different forms still happens. It’s over 120 years later, and we are having this conversation. AND why BLM is important.

  2. If it weren’t for Columbus, the BLM movement wouldn’t even exist. Yes, Columbus was not a saint and did things we disagree with. BUT he was responsible for discovering America and for that he should be celebrated. It’s history. It cannot be changed or ignored. We can learn from it and move forward but we should not erase both the accomplishments and the mistakes our ancestors made. It is also an insult to Italians everywhere to negate Mr. Columbus’ accomplishments. We really didn’t need Mr. Rickman’s comment.