Last week, citing public safety concerns, Mayor Joe Ganim ordered the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue at Seaside Park and placed in storage.
Protests have surged across the country urging the removal of statues and monuments that represent slavery and colonization and not the heroism associated with their names for centuries.
Behind the scenes former State Rep. Christopher Caruso and ex two-term Mayor Lenny Paoletta engaged in multiple conversations with community leaders supportive of scrubbing the statue to reach some common ground.
City Council members Michael DeFilippo and Jeanette Herron, whose North End district includes a strong Italian American community, have submitted a resolution calling for the statue’s return while a community dialogue continues to find historical context that appeals to both sides of the issue.
The resolution, backed by 14 council members, also calls on the mayor to convene a special meeting of the council to address the matter.