Legislation that would rename the Columbus Obelisk monument to honor victims of police brutality is heading to the Baltimore City Council after it was unanimously approved by the city’s Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Tuesday.
The committee, sans councilmen Bill Henry and Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer, voted 5-0 to approve the bill, which would rename the monument in the Heinz Park section of Herring Run Park in Arcadia in Northeast Baltimore to honor the victims of police brutality. The bill now moves to the full council for a second reading.
Proposed by Councilman Ryan Dorsey, the bill comes as cities across the country have reexamined their monuments to the Genoese explorer, with Philadelphia becoming the latest city to vote to remove Christopher Columbus’ visage from a public plaza.
Tuesday’s meeting mirrored the debate that has been raging on in the city since a different statue of Columbus was dragged from Little Italy into Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on July 4.