Protesters topple, behead Christopher Columbus statues in Boston and Richmond

By Thomas Catenacci

Protesters attacked Christopher Columbus statues in Richmond, Virginia and Boston Tuesday night.

The Columbus statue in Richmond’s Byrd Park was toppled, set on fire, and thrown into a nearby lake, ABC affiliate WRIC News reported. The Boston statue, located in Christopher Columbus Park, was discovered decapitated Wednesday morning, according to Boston 25 News.

The Richmond statue is seen ablaze after it was torn down in a video of the incident posted by Bloomberg News to Twitter. The video then shows protesters dragging it into a lake and kicking it.

After protesters threw the statue into the lake, they allegedly attacked an Associated Press photographer, according to AP reporter Brent Solomon.

Boston police are investigating the incident involving the Columbus statue near Faneuil Hall, Boston 25 News reported.

Protests have taken place across the country in recent weeks in response to the death of George Floyd. Floyd died in police custody May 25 after an officer kneeled on his neck, a video of the incident showed.

Demonstrators have also removed Confederate monuments in recent weeks.

The Gen. Williams Carter Wickham statue in Richmond was defaced then toppled in Richmond last week. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam announced last week that he would remove the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee that stands in Richmond. However, a judge temporarily blocked the removal.

The Columbus statue in Richmond’s Byrd Park was the first Columbus statue in the South, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. It was dedicated in 1927.

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4 thoughts on “Protesters topple, behead Christopher Columbus statues in Boston and Richmond

  1. History is history, get over it!!!! If folks have problems with certain events of our past, I suggest that rather then trying to eradicate FACT, they direct al their energies at FIXING the problems they perceive. Just a thought.

  2. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day, minute by minute, history has stopped, nothing exists except and endless present in which the party is always right.

    1984 by George Orwell

  3. In order to rewrite history, you must first destroy it. It appears not to be taught in the Common Core curriculum anyway – can’t have statues that might pique the curiosity of youth. What does Columbus have to do with Floyd? Columbus never even landed on what is now the United States. Have the Fascists gotten to Simon Bolivar in the south end of Central Park yet?

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