NEW LONDON, CT (WFSB) - The New London City Council voted on Tuesday to permanently remove of the city's century-old Christopher Columbus statue.
Mayor Michael Passero said final vote passed 6-1.
The statue stood at Columbus Square in the Whaling City before it was temporarily and quietly removed over the weekend.
Passero said the statue became a lightning rod for civil discontent.
Thousands of people marched for the Black Lives Matter movement on Bank Street Saturday while others vandalized the 8 foot tall statue with red paint.
Dawn Harkness recorded video of city crews removing the 92-year-old marble statue from the area early Sunday morning.
The mayor said given the current social climate, he felt it was best to remove it ahead of a vote on its future.
The statue was placed in storage at a warehouse and it’ll stay there until a decisions is made on what to do with it.
Whatever becomes of it, it will need to be restored since it was vandalized.
"I feel that people are way more excited about the rights of the statue than they are about the kids who are complaining about the way they’ve been treated and the way they see people in our community and across the country and across the world being treated," Harkness told Channel 3. "I’d like to see the same kind of energy with people being upset about systemic racism in our country as they were about a little red paint on a statue."
Harkness believes the statue shouldn't be destroyed, instead put somewhere like a museum where we can study and learn about all of Columbus’s history.
Other people feel the history should have stayed where it had been for decades.