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Bill would demote Columbus

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota legislation would order a change in how Christopher Columbus is described on a statue just southeast of the state Capitol. Current wording describes Columbus as "Discoverer of America." A bill sponsored by Rep. John Persell,...

ST. PAUL - Minnesota legislation would order a change in how Christopher Columbus is described on a statue just southeast of the state Capitol.
Current wording describes Columbus as “Discoverer of America.” A bill sponsored by Rep. John Persell, D-Bemidji, would require the words to be changed to: “Christopher Columbus landed in America.”
Co-sponsor of the House bill includes Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, who taught high school government classes 35 years.
A bronze plaque on the base of the statue, which would not be changed by Persell’s bill, says: “This plaque is placed to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the voyages of Christopher Columbus. His dedication and unyielding commitment initiated the merging of the cultures of the Old and the New Worlds; thereby changing forever the course and history of mankind.”
The statue was dedicated Oct. 12, 1931.

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