The city of Cincinnati was named after Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus. Lucius was a Roman statesman who served as consul in Rome. He was known for good governance and given the nickname "Cincinnatus" due to his curly hair. The City of Cincinnati was named in his honor in 1790.
It would seem fitting that the city would have something commemorating the founders of Rome. Well, there is, a replica statue of Capitoline Wolf, located in Eden Park. The statue depicts the mythical story of Rome. The story goes like this...
In 794 BC King Procas died and was meant to be succeeded by Numitor. Instead, he was overthrown and removed from the kingdom by his brother, Amulius, who apparently didn't care for seniority. As if this wasn't bad enough, Amulius also murdered Numitor's sons, and his grandson's Romulus and Remus were ordered to be discarded in the Tiber River. The twin boys were left for dead when a wolf carried the brothers to safety. Eventually, when the twin brothers reached adulthood they were able to overthrow Amulius and reclaim their Grandfather's throne.
A nice story right? There is just one problem. The famous replica statue was given to the City by none other than Benito Mussolini, one of Aldolf Hitler's most trusted allies.
The statue was given to Cincinnati in 1931 as a way to commemorate the city's namesake, Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus. Mussolini, according to park officials, saw himself as the present-day Cincinnatus. This being so, he wanted to spread goodwill around the globe to places with Italian ties.
A recent tweet about the dictators gift to the city has sparked comments from Cincinnati City Council Person Chris Seelbach, who tweeted "Statues from the monster that was Benito Mussolini don't belong in our parks,"
In a recent interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, Seelbach stated he would welcome the debate on the statue being placed in a museum. "A museum is a place for discourse and debate," said Seelbach. "A park is a place for recreation and we don't need to celebrate a gift from Hitler's strongest ally," said Seelbach in his interview with the Enquirer.
So what do you think? Should the statue stay or go? Sound off in the comments below.