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Statue of Christopher Columbus
Subject Christopher Columbus
Location New London, Connecticut, U.S.
Coordinates 41°21′02″N 72°06′04″W / 41.35046°N 72.100998°W / 41.35046; -72.100998Coordinates: 41°21′02″N 72°06′04″W / 41.35046°N 72.100998°W / 41.35046; -72.100998

The New London, Connecticut statue of Christopher Columbus was a marble statue installed in the city from 1928 to 2020. In June, 2020 the New London City council voted to remove the statue from public land.

History

The statue, given to the city as a gift by Italian-Americans, was unveiled on Columbus Day, October 12, 1928. The nine foot, six inch statue was sculpted in marble by the Italian artist Armand Battelli, at a cost of $7000.

In 2017 a group of local citizens sought to legally and physically protect the statue from removal. In June 2020 more than 6000 people signed a petition to remove the statue, and the memorial became the subject of extensive news coverage. Following a successful city council vote on its proposed removal, the statue was banned from being sited on public land. New London's mayor Michael Passero said that the statue had become "a lightning rod for civil discontent". The statue was removed June 16, 2020 at the order of the city council.

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