A year later, Pittsburgh Columbus statue remains covered in Schenley Park

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A year after the Italian Sons & Daughters of America sued the City of Pittsburgh over its proposed removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus at Schenley Park, the case remains in limbo — and the 13-foot-tall statue remains covered. An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge who is presiding over
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A year after the Italian Sons & Daughters of America sued the City of Pittsburgh over its proposed removal of a statue of Christopher Columbus at Schenley Park, the case remains in limbo — and the 13-foot-tall statue remains covered.

An Allegheny County Common Pleas judge who is presiding over the case and has been working toward a settlement requested that Mayor Bill Peduto personally participate in a mediation in September.

The mayor refused, said attorney George Bochetto, who represents the plaintiffs.

"Consequently, the mediation didn't get very far," he said. "The city solicitor simply said the mayor will not be participating, which I find irresponsible, and even more important, cowardly."

Messages left with a city spokeswoman have not yet been returned.

Pittsburgh officials ordered that the the Columbus statue be wrapped up early on the morning of Oct. 11, 2020, to protect it from being defaced as part of a nationwide movement last year to remove statues that connoted systemic racism.

The Columbus statue was targeted, according to a petition filed with the city in the summer of 2020, for his legacy of…
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