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Columbus Memorial

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1922, Ferruccio Legnaioli. Boulevard at Grant St.

The Richmond Italian community commissioned the memorial and its cascade backdrop from Florentine-born sculptor Legnaioli. AntiCatholic and anti-immigrant Ku Klux Klan activity in Virginia was then at its height, and the prominent position of the statuary group is a powerful signal of the pride and determination of Richmond's Italians.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Columbus Memorial", [Richmond, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 266-266.

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