WATCH: Columbus statue taken down in Columbus, Ohio

It only took about 3 hours for Columbus, Ohio to remove a statue of their own namesake that sat outside Ohio’s City Hall.

The statue was gifted by the people of Genoa, Italy in 1955.

The statue has been placed in a secure facility.

Mayor Andrew Gitner had announced earlier this month the statue would come down.

“For many people in our community, the statue represents patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness.” Gitner said “That does not represent our great city, and we will no longer live in the shadow of our ugly past. Now is the right time to replace this statue with artwork that demonstrates our enduring fight to end racism and celebrate the themes of diversity and inclusion.”

Columbus State Community College also removed their on-campus statue last month.

Statues of the historic figure have been both vandalized, toppled, and proactively removed in the last month throughout the country since protests began after George Floyd’s death.

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