A community in Holyoke chose to celebrate the holiday not for Columbus, but by honoring those lost in colonization.
Nueva Esperanza hosted a candlelight vigil Monday evening honoring the Taino people, lost to the massacres and diseases brought on by colonization.
Nelson Roman, Executive Director of Nueva Esperanza, told 22News, “So for our community it’s like a sore spot and a sense of hurt and a sense of loss. And so our fall kids came up with doing this remembrance day.”
The vigil also honored those who died due to Hurricane Maria.