Christopher Columbus—St. Paul, MN, USA

Christopher Columbus was toppled in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. statue of the colonizer1 responsible for the genocide2 of Indigenous people was torn down3 by members of the American Indian Movement during the Uprising of 2020.

The statue, formerly in front of the State Capitol building, was easily upended.4 This followed failed attempts to remove the statue through more lawful channels, according to demonstrators.5


  1. Slavery and Colonialism Make Up the True Legacy of Columbus ↩︎

  2. Wikipedia: Taíno ↩︎

  3. Members of the American Indian Movement are preparing to tear down the statue of Christopher Columbus at the Minnesota State capitol ↩︎

  4. Columbus statue pulled down outside Minnesota State Capitol ↩︎

  5. Protesters gathering by Christopher Columbus statue by Capitol. “For us that’s our Hitler. And you leave him there?” man asks State Patrol member, who says he is asking them to follow the process and gives him contacts to talk to. Protester says they already tried that route. ↩︎

Photo Credit: Max Nesternak