University uncovers Columbus Murals in Main Building for instructional purposes
This past week, the Columbus murals on the second floor of the University’s Main Building were uncovered for instructional purposes. The 12 paintings depict Columbus’ arrival in the “New World,” his interactions with Indigenous people in the Caribbean and images of Spanish royals like Queen Isabella. They were covered with tapestries in 2020 post an announcement by Fr. Jenkins in Jan. 2019. The first calls for the removal of the murals occurred in the 1970s, when the first few Indigenous students enrolled at Notre Dame and spoke about the mural’s racist and stereotypical depiction of Indigenous people.