Help Save Columbus Day Statue and Park

Help Save Columbus Day Statue and Park

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
The Bocce Bros started this petition to Columbus Italian Club and

The contributions of Italian Americans are under attack in Columbus, Ohio
Through a series of recent events the history, culture and contributions of Italian Americans have come
under attack in our community and in the city of Columbus, Ohio – the largest city in the United States
named “Columbus.” On June 18, 2020, Mayor Ginther ordered the removal of the Christopher
Columbus Statue from the steps of City Hall where it stood since 1955 when it was received as a gift
from Columbus’ first sister city – Genoa, Italy. Mayor Ginther and the Franklin County Commissioners
have also determined that the City and County will no longer observe the national federal holiday of
Columbus Day. Recently, the Italian Village Society approached the City and began exploring the
possibility of renaming the Christopher Columbus Park – a process that will require City approval.
Collectively these actions offend many citizens of Central Ohio. They marginalize the contributions of
Italian Americans and immigrants in general to the founding, growth and prosperity of Columbus and
Central Ohio. They disrespect the sacrifices that Italian immigrants and Italian Americans have made
while disregarding the history and symbolism that are associated with the statue, the holiday and the
name Christopher Columbus.
The Christopher Columbus Park, the statue of Christopher Columbus, and the observance of Columbus
Day represent far more than one man, they represent the Italian American community at large as well as
the immigrant experience in general.
Please add your voice to these issues and tell Mayor Ginther and the Franklin County Commissioners
what you think about these issues by signing this petition in favor of the following:
1 – The Christopher Columbus Statue should be returned to outdoor public display in the central
business district of Columbus as soon as possible but no later than October 1, 2021. The display should
include an historically balanced and appropriate narrative focusing on the symbolism it has stood for
and of the contributions of Italian Americans to the prosperity of Columbus and Central Ohio.
2- The City and County should continue to observe the national federal holiday of Columbus Day which
was first officially observed in the late 19
th
century to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions and
sacrifices Italian Immigrants and Italian Americans were making to the United States.
3 – The City should NOT rename the Christopher Columbus Park in Italian Village.
The sponsors of this Petition - Piave Club, Columbus Italian Club, Abruzzi Club and American Italian Golf
Association are authorized to represent us on these issues before the City of Columbus and Board of
Franklin County Commissioners.

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!