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Richmond gives away Columbus statue that was torn down in 2020 during George Floyd riots

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A statue of Christopher Columbus has been given away to an Italian-American organization, reports WRIC, two years after being toppled in Richmond, Virginia.

The statue, which was situated at Byrd Park in Richmond, was torn down by protesters in 2020 during a national crime spree attacking historical monuments, statues, and landmarks. Some cities, such as Chicago, willingly took down statues of Columbus and other historical figures for ideological reasons, often under cover of darkness.

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