Statue of indigenous woman will replace that of Christopher Columbus in Mexico City
Mexico City will replace its prominent 19th-century bronze statue of Christopher Columbus with one of an indigenous Mexican woman, the capital’s mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Sunday.
The Columbus statue towered over one of Mexico City’s main traffic circles for decades before it was taken down last year ahead of an annual protest that marks the explorer’s arrival in the Americas in 1492.
Authorities said it was taken away for restoration work but added that it was also time for reflection about Columbus’s legacy, following a global re-examination of colonisation and slavey sparked by Black Lives Matter protests in the US.
The new statue will deliver “social justice” regarding the historic role of women in Mexico, particularly those of indigenous origin, Sheinbaum said.