Columbus statue to stay put, mayor says

NYC Says Controversial Columbus Statue Will Stay

NYC Says Controversial Columbus Statue Will Stay

"Our approach will focus on adding detail and nuance to - instead of removing entirely - the representations of these histories", de Blasio's statement said.

The Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers was put together by de Blasio following nationwide protests over Confederate statues.

While many advocates called for the removal of the Columbus statue due to his treatment of Native Americans, many Italian-Americans felt such action would erase their history "and that was unacceptable to me", John Calvelli, a member of the committee who was in favor of keeping the Columbus Circle monument, told CBS2.

For the Columbus statue, the city wants to add historical markers and commission a new monument to honor indigenous people.

The additional steps include adding informational plaques-both to the relocated statue and existing pedestal-commissioning new artwork with public input that touches on issues raised by Sims' legacy and partnering with a community organization to encourage public discussions on the history of non-consensual medical experimentation on people of color, particularly women.

The most contentious of the monuments under review was the Christopher Columbus statue that anchors the Columbus Circle roundabout on the southwestern corner of Central Park. The commission released a report recommending that most of the statues that came under scrutiny, which some consider symbols of hate, should remain.

De Blasio said the commission tried to address the "two parallel realities" concerning Columbus.

Leaders Call for Central Park Statue to Come Down
Leaders Call for Central Park Statue to Come Down

The New York City commission that was created to evaluate controversial public monuments has ended its five-month inquiry with a somewhat anticlimactic ruling. The Sims statue will be moving to a cemetery in Brooklyn where he is buried.

Finally, a marker for Marshal Philippe Pétain has been left in place on Lower Broadway's "Canyon of Heroes", which denoted a stretch from the Battery to City Hall where ticker-tape parades are typically held.

Citing the "layered legacies" of each of the items under review, the commission's report recommended a number of changes for several other highly public monuments, which the mayor has already signed off on. As I said in my testimony in November, we can not change or sanitize history.

The J. Marion Sims statue at 5 Avenue and 103 Street bordering Central Park was also under deliberation.

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the Museum of Natural History showing the former president on a horse with indigenous and black men at his side will stay, but the panel recommended adding signage and working with the museum to design "educational programs" on "multiple interpretations" of the sculpture. Berkeley, Calif., was the first city to replace Columbus Day. "And the Italian-American people, including my own relatives and ancestors have contributed a lot to this country and went through a lot of discrimination themselves".

"I was proud to be at the tip of the spear in this fight against revisionist history, political correctness, and the denigration of an icon chosen by an immigrant group that gave so much to this city, state, and nation".

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