City Councilman Jorge Cruz led the charge to remove the statue of Christopher Columbus and on Monday it was done–quietly by the city–in Seaside Park which is included in Cruz’s district.
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. See video above of statue removal.
From Mayor Joe Ganim:
City officials removed the Christopher Columbus statue at Seaside Park and placed it in storage out of an abundance of caution for preservation of the historic artifact, the need to respond to modern-day sensitivities, as well as public safety at large. Community leaders of all cultures and ethnicities are discussing ways to continue to honor and recognize each other’s heritage within the city of Bridgeport in a way that is peaceful, educational and supportive to all. The future of the statue is undetermined at this time.
Mayor Ganim, “We recognize, value, celebrate and support all cultures and ethnicities in our city and we need continue to do so with respect and understanding.”
Aidee Nieves, “Though we removed the statue, Bridgeport is a diverse community and we must continue to work collaboratively to ensure that all cultures and ethnicities are welcomed and represented by our actions.”