Christopher Columbus Statue Spray Painted in NYC's Central Park

Christopher Columbus Statue Spray Painted in NYC's Central Park

A statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park has been vandalized with graffiti and his hands have been painted red. "A paper sign was also put on the pedestal, reading "Save your soul" with "#somethingscoming".

Central Park workers hurried to clean up the graffiti.

Recent events such as the violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, have reignited attention on contentious monuments across the country.

Mayor Bill de Blasio has set up a special commission to look into the issue of taking down controversial statues.

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The statue of Christopher Columbus in Central Park was vandalized on September 12, 2017. The statue is at the southern foot of the Mall Walkway, just north of Center Drive.

"That's the first thing I've seen in NY that makes me feel saddened and angry", said Lois Hammett, a tourist from Tennessee who termed the defacement "disgraceful". Sheri Berger, a 54-year-old resident of Brooklyn, was walking her dog in Central Park. "It's not positive, it's destructive".

So far, no one has taken credit for this vandalism. However, CBS News reports that several groups are organizing what they term a "tear it down" gathering at Columbus Circle on Tuesday evening, where they intend to call for an end to "white supremacy" and to what they consider to be symbols of oppression.

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