California Senator Mike Morrell took this video Thursday and sent it to California Globe of the start of the removal of the beautiful Christopher Columbus statue in the State Capitol Rotunda.
Politicians attempting to erase history
Democratic Senate and Assembly leaders in Sacramento announced that the statue of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella in the State Capitol Rotunda would be removed, California Globe reported last week.
“Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), and Assemblyman Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova) named Columbus’ genocidal past as the reason for removal of the Columbus and Queen Isabella statue in a joint statement.”
“Christopher Columbus is a deeply polarizing historical figure given the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations,” said the Lawmakers. “The continued presence of this statue in California’s Capitol, where it has been since 1883, is completely out of place today. It will be removed.”
If Columbus had not discovered America, none of us would be here today.
The statue, “‘Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella,” was gifted to California by gold rush banker Darius Ogden Mills in 1883. It sat almost entirely uninterrupted in the Capitol rotunda since then.
Alex Vassar with the California State Library provided this information to California Globe:
In 1981, as the State Capitol was in the process of being restored, the statue was removed temporarily to a State Office Building across the street. From what I’ve read, several members of the Mills family suggested that it be returned to the family if the state no longer wished to display it.
From an article in the San Bernardino Sun (10 December 1981):
“The statue, which weighs several tons and has been appraised at $500,000, was donated to the state by Sacramento banker Darius Ogden Mills – no relation to Sen. Mills – on the condition it be displayed in the Capitol. One of D.O. Mills’ nephews has warned the restoration committee that he’ll try to reclaim the statue if the state won’t put it back in the rotunda. “It could go in my living room, I guess,” said James Mills, a retired Orange County merchant, who is no relation to the senator.
California Globe attempted to contact Ogden Phipps II, the great-great-great-grandson of Darius Ogden Mills, who donated the statue in 1883, but did not hear back from him.