No decision – but damaged Columbus statue moved

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LAST YEAR: The statue of Christopher Columbus at Government House with an arm and leg missing after being attacked with a hammer. Photo: Racardo Thomas/Gallery Staff

By EARYEL BOWLEG

Tribune journalist

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THE statue of Christopher Columbus at Government House has been removed and will remain in storage until the government and stakeholders decide what to do with it.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Director of Communications in the Prime Minister’s Office, Latrae Rahming. Mr Rahming was contacted after photos circulated on social media showing the missing statue.

“I can confirm that the statue has been removed,” he told The Tribune yesterday. “It was an organized effort by Government House, the Department of Public Works and the Bahamas Antiquities Monuments and Museums Corporation. The statue will be stored at the Ministry of Public Works until the government and stakeholders determine its future use.

When asked if there would be another statue of Christopher Columbus there, he did not answer directly. “That’s the only comment I have on that,” he said.

A 37-year-old man has denied claims he trespassed on Government House property in 2021 and caused $2,000 in damage to the statue.

In March, publicist Clint Watson said the Davis administration had not decided what to do about the defaced Columbus statue.

Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis previously said the Cabinet would decide what to do with the statue, whose presence has been condemned because of Christopher Columbus’ legacy of murder and slavery.

In 2020, Mr Rahming joined a group of people who called for the statue of Columbus to be removed from Government House. The Reverend Sebastian Campbell was among those who urged the public to demonstrate to force the removal of the statue.

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