Baltimore protestors topple Christopher Columbus statue, dump it into city's Inner Harbor

The toppling comes as protestors have targeted monuments around the nation.

Updated: July 5, 2020 - 10:44pm

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Protestors on Independence Day night in Baltimore, Maryland toppled a statue of Christopher Columbus and dumped it into the city's Inner Harbor.

The targeted statue was owned by Baltimore, and was dedicated in 1984 by Mayor William Donald Schaefer and President Ronald Reagan, according to the Baltimore Sun.

"The Columbus statue was dragged down as people marched across the city Saturday demanding reallocation of funds from the police department to social services, a reassessment of the public education system, reparations for Black people, housing for the homeless, and the removal of all statues 'honoring white supremacists, owners of enslaved people, perpetrators of genocide, and colonizers,' according to a flyer," the outlet reported.

There is another Columbus statue in Baltimore, as well as an obelisk monument honoring the man, according to the Sun.

Maryland's Republican Gov. Larry Hogan on Sunday tweeted that Baltimore officials "need to regain control of their own streets and immediately start making them safer."

Amid a heightened focus on racial issues in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota, statues and monuments have been removed, toppled and vandalized around the nation.   

 

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