BOSTON (CBS) – The city of Boston removed the damaged statue of Christopher Columbus from a North End park Thursday morning, a day after it was beheaded by vandals.

A team of workers came to Christopher Columbus Park on Atlantic Avenue just after sunrise to take the statue off it’s base and put it into storage.

The head of the statue was knocked off early Wednesday morning. Now, as police look for who did it, local indigenous groups are calling on the mayor to remove the statue for good.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said there will now be conversations about the “historic meaning” of the incident and whether the statue will ever go back up.

A statue of Christopher Columbus was beheaded on June 10, 2020 in Boston, (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

This statue has been the target of vandals in the past.

The head was also cut off back in 2006. The statue was doused with red paint in June 2015 with the words “Black Lives Matter” spray-painted on the base.

“This particular statue has been subject to repeated vandalism here in Boston, and given the conversations that we’re certainly having right now in our city of Boston and throughout the country, we’re also going to take time to assess the historic meaning of this action,” Walsh said Wednesday.

A team of workers began removing the statue early Thursday. (WBZ-TV)

Columbus was one of the first Europeans in the New World, credited by many for discovering America. However, critics say his trip began the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Columbus is also criticized for his violent treatment and killing of Native Americans, who see him as a racist.

A team of workers removed the statue early Thursday. (WBZ-TV)

There has been a push across the country to get rid of the Columbus Day holiday in October and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day.

Comments (26)
  1. Vincent Vega says:

    Is this what you want America? To be manipulated by a bunch of clueless cry babies? WAKE UP!

    1. Marcus Antonius says:

      Indigenous People’s Day?? Hey! They Lost! Remember!

    2. A J says:

      Trump a cancer, needs be removed!

      1. JA says:

        Exactly, cry about everything, but don’t look at the fact if it wasn’t for him the cry babies wouldn’t even be here in the first place.

      2. J says:

        Such a coincidence that it is now a big deal. Due to having a black Mayor. Sad thing is the statue will never see the light of day again. All the freaking babies want to do is destroy the history that made this country. Maybe we should destroy theirs too.

  2. Mike Hunt says:

    Columbus was about the 25th European to reach America – and he thought he was in India. How about a statue for Mr. Magoo!

    1. Carl says:

      according to the story his trip began the trans-Atlantic slave trade … so he must have been important, right?

      did he discover the New World … kinda/sorta. His trip did lead to the colonization of America. That is a brutal history – full of death and conquest and survival and innovation and, eventually, the creation of the USA

      history is brutal. but its still history

      1. You do realize that, if not for Columbus?

        You wouldn’t be here.


      2. Alt says:

        Carl the left has been teaching children the wrong information about Columbus, He was totally against being part of Slavery, he was for transformation/evangelism, These Millennial leftists and other Antifa Fanatics must find scholarly writings not use or read Soros School books!

  3. Marco says:

    OK. Let’s rename the park to honor a hero that reflects the current culture of the US. How about Carli B n’ Sheet City Park. It’s so apropos.

  4. George E Lee says:

    The Italians of the North End sure have changed…

  5. c l says:

    what should Boston do with all the statues in the public garden?

  6. Jason Joseph says:

    Sorry Italians, you are now second class citizens.

  7. rob cochran says:

    So will the MSM be complaining when statues of MLK and Obama have their heads chopped off by gays in the 2050 riots because they were anti-gay marriage back in the day.

  8. Eugene G. Kelly says:

    Move Lief Ericsson there..he currently is on Comm Ave (Back Bay); Lief was better looking, too.

  9. Jack Howarth says:

    The American Taliban have arrived.

  10. MitchRap says:

    So this isn’t the first time vandals defaced or damaged the statue? Why isn’t there any video surveillance of this most recent vandalism? The concern should be finding the criminals responsible for this. But no, the concern seems to be what they will do with the statue going forward. How did our priorities become so far out of whack? unbelievable.

  11. Blacks are not ‘indigenous’… will they be removed?

    1. Alana Forsyth says:

      We should have done that when it was first suggested hundreds of years ago.

    2. HKH says:

      i am certain you are not indigenous either, will you go?

  12. O Sane One says:

    Vandal…give me a break…criminal. They probably want to replace it with a BLM vandal statue. Give me a break.

  13. jerry says:

    You can see these leftist politicians dont stop these criminals, the police dont stop them. If the common man wants to preserve his country he must get involved. These hoodlums have had free reign long enough.

  14. Big Ed says:

    Calling all cars, calling all cars . . . Be on the lookout for suspects Jimbo Jones & Kearney Zzyzwicz. Also, Ralph Wiggum, the police chief’s son, may be a possible witness. That is all.

  15. Liz says:

    Could someone please tell me what Christopher Columbus did that caused it to be a racial issue. Since he died in 1506 and the first slaves arrived 1619. He discovered American for Christ sake!!!

  16. Kitty says:

    Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) kept slaves, and he and some of his followers acquired more through warfare. Will public displays of admiration for him be removed? There’s one in the Supreme Court building.

    Suleiman “the Magnificent” owned more slaves than any Confederate general or any Founding Father, maybe more than all of them put together. Will his image be removed from the House Chamber in the U.S. Capitol?

  17. Fern says:

    It’s time to replace the statue of Columbus with someone less controversial more relevant to our local Boston history. I propose Squanto, a member of the Patuxet tribe, who served as translator and diplomat between the Pilgrims and many Native American tribes during the early European settlement of what is now Massachusetts. His struggles against adversity (he was sold into slavery and escaped through wit and determination), bravery, intelligence and commitment to coexistence created a peace that lasted beyond his lifetime (but sadly, not permanently). He wasn’t perfect (who is?), but I think we can learn a lot today from his example.

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