Christopher Columbus Statue, St. Louis, MO, USA

The statue of Christopher Columbus in Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, Missouri was removed on 16 June 2020 by the action of the Park’s Board of Commissioners.1

The statue was originally dedicated in 1886 to “to celebrate the contributions of immigrants in this region."2 The statue of the colonizer3 has been the subject of protest in 20164, 2017,5 and 2018 6.


  1. Tower Grove Park official Facebook post regarding the removal of the statue ↩︎

  2. Local TV news outlet (KMOV) story of the removal ↩︎

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

  4. Columbus statue vandalized with red paint in Tower Grove Park ↩︎

  5. Columbus Day to be marked with protest over the explorer’s place in St. Louis park ↩︎

  6. Debate continues over Columbus statue in Tower Grove Park ↩︎

Photo Credit: HABS/HAER