Some cities are removing Columbus statues before they can be torn down

A bust of Columbus near the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in Michigan was taken down and placed in storage, the Detroit Free Press reported. A sign reading “Looter. Rapist. Slave Trader.” was put around the bust’s neck last week.

“The mayor decided it ought to be placed in storage to give us time to evaluate the appropriate long-term disposition of the statue,” John Roach, a spokesman for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s office, told the outlet.

A Columbus statue in Chula Vista, California, was put in storage on Friday before a protest, the Los Angeles Times reported. The city was already in talks about removing the statue before the coronavirus pandemic.

“The statue was removed out of public safety concerns,” the city said in a news release. “The statue was removed and stored early (on the morning of June 12).”