Published November 9, 2018
Monument to be removed while Native American-led effort decides on replacement
LOS ANGELES – Crews on Saturday morning will remove a bronze statue from Grand Park depicting Christopher Columbus, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission announced today.
Christopher Columbus statue to be removed Saturday.
The community is invited to gather for a news conference and removal of the statue on Saturday, November 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m., near the Stanley Mosk Courthouse between Hill Street and Grand Avenue, at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. The statue is scheduled to be removed at 10 a.m.
Councilmember O’Farrell, along with Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relations have been working together, in collaboration with the Native American community, to remove the monument from Grand Park.
The move comes on the heels of the inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in Los Angeles city and county, the largest jurisdictions to officially modify their administrative code and replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day as an official holiday. Los Angeles County has the largest urban Indigenous population in the entire country.
Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, Wyandotte Nation
Rudy Ortega, Chair, Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission
Chrissie Castro, Vice Chair, Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission
Anthony Morales, Tribal Chairman, Gabrieleno-San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
River Garza, Artist
Cheyenne Phoenix, Student & Activist
Tanya Melendez, Artist
Irka Mateo, Grammy-nominated artist
Marcos Aguilar, Semillas Community Schools
Between Hill Street and Grand Avenue
Saturday, November 10
8:30 a.m. – Community gathering
9:00 a.m. News conference
10:00 a.m. – Statue removal