BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Chicago activists spent Wednesday in Baltimore.

They’re uniting with local Italian organizations, demanding the Christopher Columbus statue be restored near Little Italy.

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The oldest statue of Columbus in the country was yanked down, broken and thrown into the Inner Harbor on July 4.

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The “Hands Off Christopher Columbus” organization says it’s a slap in the face to Italian-Americans.

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They’re now offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction of those responsible for the vandalism.

CBS Baltimore Staff