Statue honoring Columbus vandalized at St. Louis park
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A monument to Christopher Columbus in St. Louis has been vandalized again just days after a holiday honoring the explorer.
KSDK-TV reports that vandals used red paint to write the words "murderer" and "black lives matter" on the statue that was erected more than 130 years ago in Tower Grove Park. Police say the vandalism happened around 2 a.m. Thursday. The statue also was vandalized last October.
Columbus Day is recognized on the second Monday of October. But there is a growing push to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day.
The debate over Columbus' historical legacy is an old one. But it became emotionally charged after a similar debate in the South over monuments to Confederate generals flared into deadly violence in August at a rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.