WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The ongoing nationwide protests against racial injustice have prompted The Museum of Natural History in Manhattan to request the removal of the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance.
- Several objections have long been raised that the equestrian memorial to Theodore Roosevelt was a symbol of colonialism and racism.
- The statue depicts the former president on horseback while a Black man and a Native-American man flanked him on both sides.
The Museum of Natural History in Manhattan is set to remove the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt following the ongoing nationwide protests against racial injustice, The New York Times reported on Sunday.
Objections have long been raised against the statue for being a symbol of colonialism and racism. The statue depicts the former president on horseback while a Native-American man and a Black man flanked him on both sides.
The statue has stood at the entrance to the museum since 1940.
The museum, which is privately run but is located on public land, had reportedly requested the statue be moved and the city agreed.
Ellen Futter, the museum’s president, said in a statement to the Times: “Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd.”
“We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism. Simply put, the time has come to move it,” Futter declared.
Other historic sculptures in New York City have since come under scrutiny.
The statue of Thomas Jefferson was petitioned to be removed from City Hall by some City Council members last week. Apparently, Jefferson “fathered as many as six children with a woman he enslaved.”
Several attempts have been made to remove Christopher Columbus’ statue from Columbus Circle. Protesters pointed out that the navigator maltreated and enslaved indigenous people in the Caribbean.
Earlier this month, the Columbus statue in Richmond, Virginia was dismantled and thrown into the lake. The one in Boston, Massachusetts has been beheaded amid ongoing protests.
Source: New York Post