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Police Investigate Vandalism At Christopher Columbus Statue In South Philadelphia
October 8, 2018 at 1:35 pm



PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Police are investigating vandalism at the Christopher Columbus statue in South Philadelphia.

Police say vandals spray painted anti-Italian and anti-Columbus Day sentiments on the sidewalk outside the History of Italian Immigration Museum on East Passyunk Avenue.

This is on top of at least one other case nearby, say police.

No arrests have been made.
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Police Investigate Anti-Columbus Day Vandalism In South Philadelphia
October 8, 2018 at 11:30 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police are investigating two cases of anti-Columbus Day vandalism in South Philadelphia.

Police say a vandal spray-painted anti-Trump and anti-Columbus Day sentiments on the sidewalk outside the History of Italian Immigration Museum on East Passyunk Avenue around 4:35 a.m. According to authorities, the suspect was alone and appeared to be wearing a hooded sweatshirt.
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The message read, “Columbus equals Mussolini equals Rizzo equals Trump equals Fascist.”

Just a few miles away, police say several “end Columbus Day” messages were also spray-painted on the sidewalk in front of the Christopher Columbus Statue on 2800 South Broad Street in Marconi Park.

A police official says he would be surprised if the two incidents were not related.

At the museum, there is frustration at what they found outside their door.

“A lot of hatred for the Italian-American community, I guess, because of Columbus Day. It’s horrible to see that this could happen,” said Pasquale Nestico.

Police believe the same person is responsible for both incidents.

On Monday night, authorities released a photo of a person of interest in the case.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.


Credit: Philly Police
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Philadelphia Lawmaker Pushing To Change Columbus Day To Indigenous Peoples’ Day
October 8, 2018 at 11:01 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia lawmaker is pushing to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Pennsylvania.

State representative Chris Rabb introduced the legislation.

He wants to honor Native Americans, instead of Columbus who began the colonization of America.

At least four states have switched to Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
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Columbus Statue, Italian Immigration Museum in Philly Vandalized on Columbus Day
By NBC10 Staff
Published at 12:21 PM EDT on Oct 8, 2018 | Updated 5 hours ago

A statue of Christopher Columbus and a museum devoted to Italian immigration in Philadelphia were both vandalized with graffiti opposing Columbus on Columbus Day.

At the History of Italian Immigration Museum, on Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, "Italian-Americans against racism" and "End Columbus Day" was found spray-painted on the sidewalk Monday.

NBC10 obtained surveillance video of a suspect outside the museum wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Police later released photos of the suspect.



The graffiti at the museum also read, "Slavery Genocide Rape Stolen Land Lenape Hoking." The Lenape, also known as the Lenni or Leni Lenape, were native Americans who lived in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania; they called their home "Lenapehoking."

Similar graffiti reading "Italian-Americans against racism" was found at a statue of Columbus on Broad Street in South Philadelphia's Marconi Plaza, which was named after Italian radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi.


Graffiti was also found at a statue of Columbus in Marconi Plaza in South Philadelphia.


Columbus Day was created as a federal holiday in 1937. Many cities mark the day with a parade and celebrations of Italian American culture and pride. Philadelphia, where South Philly remains the heart of Italian community, held its parade Sunday.

But some cities and states -- including Cincinnati and Alaska -- have replaced the holiday with celebrations of indigenous people who were forced off their land, enslaved, sickened and killed by Columbus and the European settlers who followed him.

Pennsylvania Rep. Chris Rabb has proposed doing that in Pennsylvania, Billy Penn reported. He said he doesn't think his bill will ever get to the House floor.

But he "wanted people to know we care about this issue," he said.
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