Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum-Pardo announced that the monument to Christopher Columbus on Paseo de la Reforma Boulevard will be dismantled and a monument to an indigenous Mexican woman will be placed in its place.
“This will be a celebration of social justice for the role of women, including indigenous women, in Mexican history,” she said.
“Of course, we recognize the merits of Columbus. But there are two points of view. The Eurocentric one talks about the discovery of the Americas – even though there have been civilizations here for centuries. And the other speaks of both the encounter and the Spanish conquest that followed,” the mayor added.
The Columbus statue was sent for restoration in 2019, shortly after the BLM campaign began demolishing monuments in the United States. Sheinbaum-Pardo promises that a proper place will be found in the capital for the explorer.