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Protesters stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples at Byrd Park where Columbus statue is torn down, thrown in lake

This park is about a 10-minute drive from my residence. I know some of the people mentioned in this article, one of whom I’ve known for over 30 years.

About a thousand protesters gathered around the city’s monument to Christopher Columbus in Byrd Park on Tuesday evening to stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples.


Protests across the country have prompted national reckoning with the historical injustices perpetuated against African Americans. At Tuesday’s protest, activist and founder of Marijuana Justice Chelsea Higgs-Wise reminded attendees that, amid these discussions, “We have to start where it all began — we have to start with the people who stood first on this land.”


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