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Local History

Discover the beautiful towns of Westerly, RI and Stonington, CT.



On August 2, 2020, the Memorial and Library Association Board of Trustees cast two votes regarding the existence of the Cristoforo Columbus statue in Wilcox Park. After consultation with the Town of Westerly concerning ownership of the statue it was agreed that the Memorial and Library Association take ownership, subject to an affirmative vote by the Town Council, which occurred on Monday, August 31, 2020. The Trustees then voted that the statue, an exemplary example of local artisan craftsmanship and specimen of Westerly Granite, would remain in public trust at its current location within the park.   


As a result of attempted vandalism acts, careful consideration was taken by the Board members and town officials. It was decided that new cameras be installed and connected directly to the Westerly Police Department as well as install step-up lighting for better nighttime visibility. The final stage of this undertaking included the installation of a protective, gated enclosure. Work on the enclosure began the week of July 19, 2021 but due to unforeseen circumstances and supply chain issues the project is still ongoing. At minimum, the enclosure gates are expected to be open during library hours of operation.