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Statues come down in Wilmington, Philadelphia


The Christopher Columbus statue in Wilmington was removed and is safely stored for now. PHOTO COURTESY MAYOR MIKE PURZYCKI’S OFFICE

Italian-American Herald

City workers in Wilmington removed the statue of Christopher Columbus from its perch on Pennsylvania Avenue and covered the Columbus monument at the Riverfront on June 12 as unrest over the police killing of George Floyd continued to reverberate in cities nationwide. The city also took down the statue of Caesar Rodney at Rodney Square. Mayor Mike Purzycki stated that the statues would be put in storage “so there can be an overdue discussion about the public display of historical figures and events.”

Frank Rizzo statue at City Hall in Philadelphia. | TWITTER
Frank Rizzo statue at City Hall in Philadelphia. | TWITTER

In Philadelphia, city workers removed the statue of Frank Rizzo at City Hall after the statue was attacked and defaced during protests on May 30-31.

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