Notre Dame to cover up murals depicting Christopher Columbus in the New World because they portray stereotypes of Native Americans and hide ‘the darker side of this story’

The University of Notre Dame will cover 19th century murals on campus that depict Christopher Columbus in America due to their stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans.

Notre Dame President Rev John Jenkins announced the news on Sunday, saying the murals’ depiction of Columbus as a ‘beneficent explorer and friend of the native peoples hides from view the darker side of this story’.

The decision comes more than 20 years after Native American students first fought for the removal of the murals, which were painted in the entrance of Notre Dame’s Main Building by Italian artist Luigi Gregori from 1882-1884.