City Orders Sims Statue Removed From Central Park

April, 2018
United States of America

New York City’s Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove the statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th century surgeon who conducted experimental operations on female slaves, from its place of honor in Central Park.

It was the first decision to alter a prominent New York monument since Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a review of “symbols of hate” from city property eight months ago, in the wake of the white supremacist protestin Charlottesville, Va., that left one person dead.

A commission that Mr. de Blasio created to make recommendations about how to evaluate the city’s monuments and other public images had proposed that the Sims statue be removed.

The Parks Department will remove the statue, at 103rd Street, near the northeast corner of Central Park, at 8 a.m. Tuesday, according to Natalie Grybauskas, a mayoral spokeswoman.

The statue will eventually be erected again in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Sims is buried.

Source: NYT