Baltimore Official Says Damaged Columbus Monument Will Be Repaired, Rededicated

A damaged monument to Christopher Columbus — believed to be the oldest in America — will be repaired and rededicated, a key Baltimore official said Monday.

Eric Holcomb, the city’s director of the Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, said it’s possible the monument will remain dedicated to the Italian explorer but also be rededicated to include native Americans.

“The important thing is to make sure the community can support it,” he said.

Holcomb said Baltimore officials are working with City Councilman Ryan Dorsey, who is conducting a survey of residents who live near the vandalized monument to see what they want at the site. Dorsey argues the 225-year-old monument to Columbus in Herring Run Park should be replaced, but not with a new monument to the explorer.