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San Antonio's downtown Christopher Columbus statue comes down

San Antonio's downtown Christopher Columbus statue comes down

San Antonio's downtown Christopher Columbus statue comes down

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A statue of Christopher Columbus — heralded for more than 500 years as the explorer who “discovered” the Americas — is no longer standing in a downtown San Antonio park.

The removal of the statue, originally donated by the Christopher Columbus Italian Society, was accelerated in the wake of protests over the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police as similar statues in other cities were scrutinized or destroyed.

In an attempt to prevent that outcome, District 1 Councilman Roberto Treviño and the Italian society struck a deal — to be voted on by City Council in August — to remove the statue of the explorer from Columbus Park, return the statue to the society and rename the park “Piazza Italia Park.”

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