A Petition Was Launched to Replace Minnesota’s Columbus Statue with a Prince Statue

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A petition has been launched by a group in Minnesota calling for the removal of a statue honoring Christopher Columbus located at the state capitol — suggesting it be replaced by one of Prince.

This comes during a time of social upheaval in the United States, one that has seen public protests and demonstrations … as well as the forced removal of statues deemed problematic for various reasons, including ties to slavery.

Even Liverpool’s Penny Lane found itself the focus of intense debate over the origins of its name, though there were no proven links between the iconic street and slave trader James Penny. 

This Prince statue campaign includes an explanation of its organizers’ motivation, which you can read at this link:

Across the nation, city governments are choosing to remove statues of white supremacists, slave owners, and those who threatened the livelihood of Black people. Here in Minnesota, communities are reigniting the demand to bring down state’s monument to Christopher Columbus, a man who murdered, raped and enslaved Black and Native peoples in the Americas. We, the undersigned, do not believe that Columbus represents the values Minnesotans carry. Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish Black and Native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational.

We, the undersigned, up submit that the Governor Dayton and the Minnesota State Legislature replace the statue of Columbus with statues representative of Minnesota’s Black and Native communities.

Prince Rogers Nelson, arguably the biggest music legend to come from the state of Minnesota, passed away in 2016.

This news of the Prince statue petition comes as a bronze statue of the iconic musician is set to be unveiled in the small town of Henderson, which was the location of at least one scene in Prince’s Purple Rain film.

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