‘I think it’s the right decision’: Mayor says Columbus statue to be removed from Wooster Square in New Haven

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Christopher Columbus statue in New Haven’s Wooster Square Park will be removed but it’s still unclear when. Mayor Justin Elicker said it was the right decision.

Mayor Elicker said leaders in the Italian community decided to take down the statue erected in the Elm City over 100 years ago. While Columbus is celebrated for discovering America, he was also widely criticized for enslaving indigenous peoples of the Americas.

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People living near the park are calling for the statue’s removal.

Mayor Elicker explained, “I think it’s the right decision to take the statue down. I do think it’s important fo us to have a conversation about how to celebrate Italian heritage for so many Italian people who live in the city.”

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The mayor said planning is underway for when the statue will come down and how that will work.

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