Future of the Christopher Columbus Statue in Wilcox Park
We are cognizant of the controversy taking place all over the country in regards to Columbus statues. Recently, we have received inquiries regarding the presence of the Christopher Columbus statue in Wilcox Park. As a result, the Association is conducting research to determine the true ownership of the Westerly granite statue. Once determined, discussion will begin regarding the presence of this statue in Wilcox Park.
Statement to the Public
Westerly Library and Wilcox Park (Memorial and Library Association) is a private non-profit organization that upholds the principles of the First Amendment. We respect everyone’s right to free speech, assembly and religion and do not engage in, nor tolerate, any form of discrimination. At the same time, however, we will protect the rights of everyone to enjoy the park, and the Library, freely and without intrusion or harassment.
Recently, we were made aware of a complaint from a community member alleging discrimination based upon a physical disability and religious beliefs. This complaint is groundless.
The Association consistently applies all procedures and policies equally with respect to all visitors on our property. Our policy information can be located on our website here: https://westerlylibrary.org/policies-and-plans
As a private non-profit organization, we remain open for the public to enjoy and are true to our mission of strengthening the community and enriching lives through access to literature, information, technology, nature and the arts.