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Decision on fate of Columbus statue in Syracuse expected soon

Ellen Abbott
Supporters of the statue held a rally in July.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh is expected to announce an update very soon on the fate of the Christopher Columbus statue in downtown Syracuse. With Columbus statues coming down across the country, Walsh created a task force this summer, made up of members from the Onondaga Nation, Italian American community, and other stakeholders, to make recommendations on creating an educational learning site at the statue’s current location. Walsh said regardless of what happens to the statue, dialogue and education must continue.

“I’ve learned more about the history of our city, I’ve learned more about the history of our country,” Walsh said, “I believe everyone else involved feels the same way. When dealing with any divisive issue, dialogue and education go a long way.”

A statue of Christopher Columbus has also been recently vandalized, twice, in the City of Utica.

Tom Magnarelli is a reporter covering the central New York and Syracuse area. He joined WRVO as a freelance reporter in 2012 while a student at Syracuse University and was hired full time in 2015. He has reported extensively on politics, education, arts and culture and other issues around central New York.