Remove Columbus statue from city park, Hispanic group says

LONG BRANCH –The statue stands in a small park near a strip of businesses owned primarily by minorities.

The 6-foot tall monument to Christopher Columbus was erected in Long Branch’s Slocum Park in 1961, when the city was predominantly white. More than half a century later, the city has seen an influx of Latino immigrants and at least one Hispanic group would like to see the statue moved to a different location.

Walter Alomar stands in front of the Christopher Columbus statue in Long Branch. (Courtesy photo)

“The man is not a national hero, and the …read more

Source: Monmouth

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