Remove Columbus Monument From Patriot’s Park Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow

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Join the rest of the country in calls to take down statues/monuments representing the worst of American history. What this monument, along with others celebrating colonialism, represents is violence, racism, marginalization, and the continued denial and minimization of the experiences of indigenous people. Columbus killed millions of native people through slavery and policies that supported extermination. Under his rule his men hanged indigenous people in mass, roasted them at the stake, and did everything in their power to erase native culture.  Columbus enslaved indigenous people and facilitated the sexual exploitation of indigenous women and girls as young as nine years old. He profited from the pain of indigenous communities, and this is being commemorated here in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow, NY. 

This figure is not a part of local history and does not belong in our community!

The Christopher Columbus monument in Patriot’s Park reads:

”Christopher Columbus, Discoverer of America -1492- Foresight • Faith • Courage • Dedicated by the LA Columbus Catholic Society of the Tarrytowns in Honor and Memory of this Great Navigator -October 12, 1963”

Though it shouldn’t take additional motivation, cities around the country are removing similar statues/monuments. This monument must be removed immediately. Enough is enough. It’s time for our community to condemn racism in ALL of its forms. Failure to remove this statue signals support to racism against all people of color, especially black and indigenous people.