The New York City Public Design Commission has voted unanimously to remove a statue of Theodore Roosevelt from the front of the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Times reports.
The bronze statue, which has been standing in front of the museum since 1940, depicts the former president on horseback flanked by an African American and an American Indian. It is being removed due to public complaints of “racism” and “colonialism.”
The statue will be relocated to an institution dedicated to the former president. The specific institution has not yet been decided on.
In 2020, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio expressed his support for removing the statue.
Theodore Roosevelt IV, 77, a great-grandson of the president, expressed support for removing the statue in a statement to The Times:
“The world does not need statues, relics of another age, that reflect neither the values of the person they intend to honor nor the values of equality and justice.”
“The composition of the Equestrian Statue does not reflect Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy. It is time to move the statue and move forward.”
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