ATLANTIC CITY — The Christopher Columbus monument, in the resort since 1958, was taken down Wednesday morning from its location on Arctic Avenue at the base of the Atlantic City Expressway.

The statue, which is on city property but funded and maintained by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, is being moved to avert potential vandalism.

There has been talk of relocating it to Hammonton, or storing it for safekeeping.

The move is the latest in a series of regional and nationwide conflicts over statues of Columbus and other historical figures resulting from the ongoing social justice protest movement.

— Press staff reports

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