Vandals deface Pittsburgh statue of Columbus

10/14/2010

PITTSBURGH—The Pittsburgh Columbus Day Parade Committee is offering a $1,000 reward for information about whoever defaced the city’s statue of Christopher Columbus.

Guy Costa, who heads the group, says someone painted the word “Butcher!” on the bottom of the statue and drew and anarchy symbol above it sometime early Wednesday.

The statue was also vandalized in April by someone who painted the explorer’s hands red and wrote “Death of civilization” on the statue, and again in June.

Costa says the vandalism is “very offensive to Italian-Americans.”

City public works crews had cleaned the statue by mid-afternoon Wednesday. It was erected in 1958 with money raised by Italian-American groups.

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