“The University of Notre Dame is set to cover a series of historic Christopher Columbus murals prominently displayed in a central building on campus.
Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins announced Sunday that Columbus’s arrival to the new world ‘was nothing short of a catastrophe’ for the native peoples.
‘Whatever else Columbus’s arrival brought, for these peoples it led to exploitation, expropriation of land, repression of vibrant cultures, enslavement, and new diseases causing epidemics that killed millions,’ Jenkins stated.
With that, the murals — painted on the walls of the Catholic university’s main building in 1884 — will be covered and a committee established to decide their longterm fate.
The murals have been a source of contention on campus for years, with some students, employees and members of the Notre Dame community calling for their removal, saying they are Notre Dame’s “own version of a Confederate monument.'”