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NEXT: Scioto, Ohio – A Story

David Staley David Staley NEXT: Scioto, Ohio – A Story

What follows is not a prediction. It is a plausible scenario written in the form of a “history from the future.” The scenario is written as if the year were 2030… On July 1, 2026, City Council announced a change to the city charter, renaming the city of Columbus as “Scioto.” While there had been earlier […]

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Art Commissioners Reflect on Statue Removal, Flag Redesign & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Art Commissioners Reflect on Statue Removal, Flag Redesign & More

On Wednesday, July 1, the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue located at City Hall began, as requested by Mayor Andrew Ginther and agreed upon by the Columbus Art Commission, whose members are charged with approving the altering or removal of the city’s public art, among other responsibilities. The seven-person body motioned to move forward […]

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Update: Mayor Ginther Directs Christopher Columbus Statue to be Removed from City Hall

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Update: Mayor Ginther Directs Christopher Columbus Statue to be Removed from City Hall

Mayor Andrew Ginther has announced that the Christopher Columbus statue at City Hall will be removed as soon as possible. “For many people in our community, the statue represents patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness. That does not represent our great city, and we will no longer live in the shadow of our ugly past,” said Mayor […]

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Opinion: Anti-Blackness on a Pedestal – Why Columbus Statues Must Come Down in Columbus

Sourav Guha Sourav Guha Opinion: Anti-Blackness on a Pedestal – Why Columbus Statues Must Come Down in Columbus

Juneteenth commemorates the date enslaved peoples in Texas finally received word that they were free, nearly two months after the defeat of the Confederacy. Some 155 years later, many statues of Confederate leaders remain standing.  Only now, in the aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd (and countless others) at the hands of the […]

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Columbus State Community College Removing Christopher Columbus Statue

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus State Community College Removing Christopher Columbus Statue

After 32 years on display, the statue of Christopher Columbus will be removed from the main campus of Columbus State Community College (CSCC). Representatives with the school issued a statement on the college’s website earlier today stating that the statue will be dismantled and stored. “In taking this action, we are being mindful of societal […]

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Christopher Columbus Statues Fall in Other Cities, Remain Intact in Ohio

Walker Evans Walker Evans Christopher Columbus Statues Fall in Other Cities, Remain Intact in Ohio

The darkest parts of America’s history are often glossed over in grade school — from the slave ownership of George Washington to the white terrorist massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma — and few historical icons stand taller in that regard than Christopher Columbus. Our city’s namesake was best known for “Discovering America” (he never actually set foot outside […]

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