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Commission hears testimony on fate of Christopher Columbus statue

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PHILADELPHIA - The Art Commission hosted a special meeting to discuss the future of the Christopher Columbus statue after Mayor Jimmy Kenney's request to remove the statue in Marconi Plaza.

The public was able to weigh in Wednesday via Zoom.Many in the Italian-American community see it as a symbol of pride for their heritage, while others see it as a monument to a controversial figure who represents genocide.“His exploitation, torture, rape and ultimately genocide did not bring the bounty his supporters expected from his missions," Rue Landau, of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations, explained.“To say we’ve arrived and don’t need a statue.

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