Beheaded North End Christopher Columbus Statue Moves To New Location

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The North End Christopher Columbus statue that was beheaded over the summer will not be returning to it's original location.

The North End Waterfront Council decided during a meeting on Monday that it will be repaired and put on display for the public, and the Knights of Columbus offered to take it in.

During a press conference in June, Mayor Marty Walsh spoke about the damage to the statue, promising that the city would work to find a solution for it's fate.

"We don't condone vandalism, and it needs to stop," Walsh said. "This particular statue has been subject to repeated vandalism here in Boston. Given the conversations we're having right now in the city of Boston, and throughout the country, we're also going to take time to assess the historic meaning of the statue."

Some activists and groups have condemned the statue, citing that Columbus is widely criticized for his violence and killing of Native Americans.

Mayor Marty Walsh said the city will create a new statue that highlights contributions of the North End Italian immigrant community, which was the original intent of the Columbus statue when it was built over 40 years ago.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

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