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Prince should have statue at MN capitol, not Columbus, petition says

Prince should have statue at MN capitol, not Columbus, petition says
Posted at 12:59 PM, Sep 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-07 09:34:27-04

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (WCCO/CNN) - Nearly 5,000 people have signed a petition to take down a statue of Christopher Columbus at the Minnesota State Capitol and replace it with one of Prince.

The petition said Columbus does not represent the values of Minnesotans and Prince does.

"Rather than glorify a man who wanted to extinguish black and native peoples, we should honor members of our community whose leadership we find inspirational," the petition said.

Paul Mandell, with the Capitol Area Architectural and Planning Board, said any new memorials must have statewide significance.

"We want to protect this space for the general public and not just for people who want something to commemorate," he said.

Another rule that could derail the Prince memorial - the person must be dead for 10 years.

Prince fans also are trying to get his home studio at Paisley Park declared a national historic site.

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