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Norwalk's Christopher Columbus statue moved to St. Ann Club

Norwalk's Christopher Columbus statue now has a new home a few months after controversy led to its removal from its previous spot.

News 12 Staff

Oct 16, 2020, 10:33 PM

Updated 1,342 days ago

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Norwalk's Christopher Columbus statue now has a new home a few months after controversy led to its removal from its previous spot.
The 80-year-old statue will now sit outside Norwalk's St. Ann Club.
The social club for Italian Americans officially unveiled the statue Sunday as part of Columbus Day weekend.
Vice President of St. Ann Tony Cappuccia says the statue represents his ancestors' accomplishments and contributions to society.
"We were more than glad to take it. It was very upsetting when they had to move it," he said.
This is the third stop for the statue, which was commissioned by four Italian American businessmen in 1939. It initially went up at the city's Columbus School.
"Then in the 80s, when they built Heritage Wall, Thomas O'Connor, the mayor, had it put over there with all the plaques behind it. We thought it was beautiful," said Cappuccia.
In June, ahead of a planned protest, the city took the statue down due to concerns about vandalism and damage.
The Columbus Memorial Fund, made up of relatives of those four businessmen, owned the statue and wanted it somewhere safe. That's where St. Ann came in.
"Everything that was done between the cranes, the stone work, the mason work -- it was all volunteer. People came out of the woodwork to help us," said Cappuccia.
The statue now sits on a stone patio, which is still being worked on. When it's done, it will be in the shape of America.
The Columbus Memorial Fund signed over ownership to the St. Ann Club. The club's vice president hopes people respect the fact the club wants the statue there. He also says there are security cameras in case anyone causes trouble.


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