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Discovering that Christopher Columbus is persona non grata
Discovering that Christopher Columbus is persona non grata

In September 1928, the leaders of a burgeoning immigrant community in eastern Pennsylvania met in their usual gathering place, the Italian Home on South Fifth Street, to talk about raising money for a gift for their new city. They decided to canvass the Italian neighborhoods of Easton for small "subscriptions" to fund a bronze statue of Christopher Columbus. "Judging from the reports of interest and support expressed thus far, the monument will do honor to the donors and be a credit to the city," the Easton Express reported. Within months, the Columbus committee would commission a well-known Philadelphia sculptor to cast a 9-foot likeness of the Genoese explorer. ...

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