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Baltimore’s Columbus Obelisk should be moved to a museum, not renamed | COMMENTARY

The obelisk monument honoring Christopher Columbus located near the intersection of Harford Road and Walther Avenue in Baltimore.
The obelisk monument honoring Christopher Columbus located near the intersection of Harford Road and Walther Avenue in Baltimore. (Pamela Wood/Baltimore Sun)

As a long time resident of Baltimore City, I am opposed to the Baltimore City Council bill to rename the Columbus Obelisk. This obelisk, presented by the French Council in 1792, is a part of Baltimore’s history. Renaming the obelisk is a corruption of history and an insult to the French government. A more appropriate solution would be to retire the obelisk to a museum. It appears that the council only supports people who commit unlawful acts by destroying statues. The Baltimore City Council then can spearhead a campaign to raise funds for a monument to the victims of police brutality.

M. Link, Baltimore

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