Court Orders Philadelphia To Uncover Columbus Statue In City Plaza

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that Philadelphia must uncover a statute of Christopher Columbus that the city has been attempting to remove from a park due to racial injustice demonstrations.

  • Senior Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt ruled Friday that the city ‘s plywood box covering the statue must be removed, in response to request for such action from the Friends of Marconi Plaza.
  • The office of Democrat Mayor Jimmy Kenny did not agree with the court’s ruling.
  • “We are very disappointed in the Court’s ruling,” an office spokesperson said. “While we will respect this decision, we will also continue to explore our options for a way forward that allows Philadelphians to celebrate their heritage and culture while respecting the histories and circumstances of everyone’s different backgrounds.”
  • Friends of Marconi Plaza attorney George Bochetto praised the decision, saying “I am delighted that … the Judges of the Commonwealth Court have boldly reaffirmed that the rule of law still matters, that we are not a society ruled by cancel culture mobs, that all ethnic groups can proudly protect and honor their diverse heritages.”
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