Columbus Honored as Brave Beacon of Hope for Italian-Americans
Togneri, Chris, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
On the north wall of Heinz Chapel in Oakland, Christopher Columbus keeps some impressive company.
He stands in a rowboat and wields a sword, the heroic image captured in a stained-glass image near the middle of a 73-foot-tall transept window. Next to him is Florence Nightingale. Nearby are more than a dozen other historical heavyweights known for courageous deeds, including the Virgin Mary, Joan of Arc and several saints.
That Columbus is honored alongside such icons surprises no one in the Italian-American community in Western Pennsylvania.
To them, he is a symbol of strength, vision and hope -- and not just for ethnic Italians.
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