Columbus Circle Statue Will Remain Standing

A controversial statue of Christopher Columbus will not be taken down.

A commission formed by Mayor Bill de Blasio has been looking at the statue in Columbus Circle, as well as other monuments around New York City.  They’ve decided that the Columbus statue should remain standing, but that an informational plaque should be added.

The commission was formed by the mayor after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.  Critics have pushed for the Columbus statue to be removed because of the way Columbus treated Native Americans.

The panel is recommending that a statue of J. Marion Sims in Central Park be moved to a cemetery in Brooklyn.  He's credited for his gynecological work, but criticized for experimenting on enslaved African American women.

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