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Protestors cheer as a statue of Christopher Columbus is removed from its base in Wooster Square Park in New Haven, June 24, 2020. Cloe Poisson /

The city removed the statue in recognition of its representation of colonialism that many find offensive in light of heightened tension over racial injustices. The statue was erected in 1892 in the heart of the Italian American community in New Haven. It will be moved to the Knights of Columbus who will determine its future.

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