The City of Philadelphia’s Art Commission voted to remove the statue of Columbus at Marconi Plaza.
Last month a city judge granted an emergency motion filed on behalf of Friends of Marconi Plaza that prohibits the City of Philadelphia from removing the statue of Columbus while the group continues to pursue legal action.
The problem with the Christopher Columbus statue? From Mayor Jim Kenney (in June):
“Like many communities across the country, Philadelphia is in the midst of a much-needed reckoning about the legacy of systemic racism and oppression in this country and around the world. Part of that reckoning requires reexamining what historical figures deserve to be commemorated in our public spaces. In recent weeks, clashes between individuals who support the statue of Christopher Columbus in Marconi Plaza and those who are distressed by its existence have deteriorated—creating a concerning public safety situation that cannot be allowed to continue. We must find a way forward that allows Philadelphians to celebrate their heritage and culture while respecting the histories and circumstances of others that come from different backgrounds.”
I guess Columbus isn’t good enough to be commemorated in public space. But he’s sure good enough for a paid day off:
Monday, October 12, 2020 all city offices and facilities will be closed for business in recognition of the Columbus Day holiday.
— PHLCouncil (@PHLCouncil) October 8, 2020
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