Italian American group desires eliminated Christopher Columbus statue returned


Italian-American group wants removed Christopher Columbus statue returned

An Italian-American group in Chicago wants the statue of Christopher Columbus, which was removed from its place in Little Italy last year, to be returned to its former location.

A peaceful protest in summer 2020 turned into violent clashes with Chicago police in Grant Park above the Christopher Columbus statue.

mayor Lori Lightfoot said the statue would be temporarily removed and the city of Chicago began reviewing controversial statues and art.

For safety reasons, the statue of Columbus in Arrigo Park in Little Italy has also been removed. However, one group now says it is time to bring the Columbus statues back to where they were.

“To challenge a person’s ethnic group. To challenge their heroes and traditions. There is nowhere an ethnic group that would allow them to dictate their ethnic group.” said Ron Onesti, president of the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans.


The Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans says a contract signed almost 50 years ago between the Chicago Park District and the Columbus Statue Committee says that both sides must determine what comes next for the statue.

“The agreement shows that we are involved in the fate of this statue,” said Onesti.

In North Lawndale, the students decided the fate of Stephen Douglas Park, named after the late slave owner. The park and public library were renamed after the former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his wife Anna.

North Lawndale residents and city guides met virtually to examine local monuments.

“I think monuments shouldn’t just represent the community they are in. They should represent the advancement or struggles of that community,” said Blanche Killingsworth of the North Lawndale Historical and Cultural Society.