Some Want Notre Dame To Remove Columbus Murals

Some students, employees and alumni at the University of Notre Dame want to remove large murals in the Main Building that depict the life of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus.

The murals have been on the walls of the building since 1884. The “South Bend Tribune” reports that the university does not want to remove them because they say the murals have historic and artistic value.

An open letter to remove them says the paintings offer a “highly problematic vision of Western triumphalism, Catholic militarism and an overly romantic notion of American expansion.” That letter has been signed by more than 300 Notre Dame students, employees and alumni.