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Columbus Day Protests

As you near the Green, I will be sharing with you just one of the historic movements that took place here, a struggle that is still ongoing in our city and country: the Columbus day protests of 1992.

Columbus day is a U.S. holiday that is supposed to celebrate Christopher Columbus’s arrival to the Americas. However, many people have long believed that Christopher Columbus is not someone who should be celebrated, given his violence and murder of indigenous people. Beginning in 1990, South Dakota was the first state to change Columbus Day to Native American Day, and many cities and states have followed suit. 

In New Haven in 1992 people gathered to protest Columbus day, the parade, and monument. Signs at the protest read: “We were not discovered” and “Columbus took what wasn’t his.” Due to this the Columbus day committee struggled with lower turnout rates and the consistent protests that continued. The committee finally discontinued the parades for two consecutive years. Until unfortunately, it was revived in surrounding towns. 

Today the struggle continues in New Haven. While the Bridgeport school system changed to Indigenous Peoples’ Day in 2015, New Haven continues their celebration of Columbus, upsetting and angering many. In fact, last year our city saw proposals and protests to rename the New Haven school Christopher Columbus Family Academy. The Board of Education explained it was up for consideration due to the fact that half the school's population are descendants of the people who Columbus’ atrocities were committed against.

A Peoples' History of the Hill
  1. The Hill Intro
  2. Long Wharf
  3. Directions to Jackson Newspaper Protest Site
  4. Jackson Newspaper Protest
  5. Directions to Trowbridge Square Park
  6. Trowbridge Square Park
  7. Directions to Evergreen Cemetery
  8. Evergreen Cemetery
  9. Directions to Lee High School
  10. Lee High School
  11. Directions to Oak Street Connector
  12. Oak Street Connector
  13. Directions to Temple Street Congregational Church
  14. Temple Street Congregational Church
  15. Directions to the Green (Columbus Day Protests)
  16. Columbus Day Protests
  17. UPDATE: Columbus Protest Victories
  18. Directions to the Green (Occupy Movement)
  19. Occupy Wall Street Movement
  20. Directions to the Green (CT Students for a Dream)
  21. C4D Dream Summit on the Green
  22. Directions to Amistad Memorial
  23. Amistad Memorial
  24. Directions to City Hall
  25. City Hall - Elm City Resident Card
  26. Directions to New Guinea
  27. New Guinea
  28. Directions to Superior Courthouse
  29. Superior Courthouse - Black Panther Trials
  30. Stay at the Courthouse
  31. Superior Courthouse - Support for Corey Menafee
  32. Directions Back to Trowbridge Square Park or Long Wharf
  33. End of the Hill Tour