A statuary group depicting Christopher Columbus and Spain’s Queen Isabella was removed from the rotunda inside the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento on July 7, reports said.
The statue, titled “Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella,” was installed in the center of the capitol’s first floor rotunda in 1883, according to the California State Capitol Museum website.
Local news reports said California State Assembly members decided on the statue’s removal in June, saying that Columbus is a “deeply polarizing historical figure” and his depiction in the capitol is “completely out of place.”
Crews removed the statue, which included a depiction of Queen Isabella I of Castile and a child, from the building on Tuesday and took it to a warehouse, reports said. Credit: @advocatesanchez via Storyful