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Vote: Who should be honored in place of the Columbus statue at Coit Tower?
San Francisco officials have removed a statue of Christopher Columbus at Coit Tower to do away with what to many was a symbol of oppression. “It doesn’t align with San Francisco’s values or our commitment to racial justice,” a city official said. Removing it swiftly was also a matter of public safety: the statue had been vandalized in recent days, and a flyer circulating on social media encouraged people to march to Coit Tower to take it down and throw it into the bay. After the statue’s removal, The Chronicle asked readers to tell us who they would like to see honored there instead, and we received hundreds of responses. Here are some of the most-nominated reader submissions, listed alphabetically; which one would you choose?
Who should be honored in place of the Columbus statue at Coit Tower? (Names are listed in alphabetical order.)
Lillie Hitchcock Coit
St. Francis of Assisi
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thomas Starr King
The Ohlone people
Mary Ellen Pleasant
No statue — leave the space empty.