Like many communities across the country, Philadelphia is in the midst of a broad reckoning about the legacy of systemic racism and oppression in this country. Part of that reckoning is putting a spotlight on what historical figures deserve to be commemorated in our public spaces.
In the late 1800s, Christopher Columbus became a symbol of Italian communities’ contributions to U.S. history. But since that time, scholars and historians have uncovered first-hand documentation establishing that his arrival in the Americas marked the beginning of the displacement and genocide of Indigenous people.
There must be 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.
On July 22, the City will ask the Philadelphia Art Commission to approve removal of the statue from Marconi Plaza. Prior to making its presentation to the Commission, the City will allow for public input through written submissions.
All submissions are due by July 21.
Please complete the form below to share your thoughts on the Christopher Columbus statue in Marconi Plaza.