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By Unanimous City Council Vote, Columbus Day Is No More In Detroit

Goodbye, Columbus Day. At least if you’re in the city of Detroit. On Tuesday, October 10 the Detroit City Council unanimously passed a proposal pushed by District 6 councilwoman Raquel Castaneda-Lopez that Columbus Day would be replaced by Indigenous Peoples Day. As we reported yesterday, there’s a Columbus statue that was in question to be removed on Jefferson Avenue across the street from the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center. That’s not happening as it’s unclear the council has the author...

Detroit Council Resolution Aims To Replace Columbus Day And Columbus Statue Downtown

Today is Columbus Day in the United States, but not everyone is on board with honoring Christopher Columbus. District 6 Detroit City Councilmember Raquel Castañeda-López will be introducing a resolution on Tuesday, October 10 to establish the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, instead of Columbus Day, in the city of Detroit. According to a press release, the resolution urges Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan to: * Ensure all public offices shall refer to the second Monday of Oct...

Columbus Statue In Downtown Detroit Vandalized, Gets Hatchet To Head

Columbus didn’t technically discover America, but his likeness in downtown Detroit was discovered with a hatchet to the head with fake blood — just in time for Columbus Day. It’s not clear at this point who or when exactly the statue at Jefferson and Randolph was vandalized. The 1910 statue was erected at the time to honor Detroit’s Italians, and was sculpted by Augusto Rivalto. Columbus Day has been under a lot of fire — not only recently, but in past times. Honoring Italians was part o...

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