RTD tells the back story of the Columbus statue on Boulevard

The statue was originally intended for Monument Avenue in the 1920s, but a backlash ensued.

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Standing at the end Boulevard, next to the tennis courts at Byrd Park, is the first statue of Christopher Columbus erected in the South. In the early 1920s, Richmond’s Italian-American community – about 1,000 strong – wanted to gift a statue of their kinsman to their adopted home. The residents hoped city officials would add a Columbus statue to Monument Avenue, but their request was quickly rejected by a city committee. It claimed that Columbus was not only foreign but Catholic – and thus could not possibly stand among some of the Confederacy’s most revered figures.

My how times have changed since the ’20s. A Catholic and a non Confederate icon? Oh the horror!

Read the rest of the interesting story from the RTD here.

Photo: Richmond on the James

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Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

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