Philadelphia Columbus statue to remain in box for parade, judge rules

Philadelphia Columbus statue to remain in box for parade, judge rules


A Christopher Columbus statue in Philadelphia will remain boxed up for the city’s Columbus Day parade, a judge ruled on Saturday.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Paula Patrick overturned a lower court’s ruling on Friday that would’ve removed the box before the city of Brotherly Love appealed the decision.

The statue, located in South Philly’s Marconi Plaza where Sunday’s parade will end, has been shut inside a wooden box since last summer’s civil unrest, sparked by the police murder of George Floyd.

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The statue and plaza became a site of several violent clashes between opposing protest groups.

The Italian explorer, often credited with discovering the New World has a complex legacy. For many Italian-Americans, Columbus is a cultural hero for his courageous exploits; but

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