Central Park Removing Statue Of Doctor Who Experimented On Female Slaves

Central Park Removing Statue Of Doctor Who Experimented On Female Slaves

A statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th century surgeon who performed painful medical experiments on slaves without anesthesia, was removed from New York City's Central Park Tuesday morning.

Commission co-Chairman Tom Finkelpearl called the transfer of the statue of Sims in a cemetery, green-wood "an important step to... make public spaces more open, unifying and welcoming for all". Mayor Bill de Blasio established the panel in August 2017 after violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee monument.

Sims is known as the "father of modern gynecology". "Rather, it is a visual focal point that will bring attention to a factual display that Green-Wood will build to document Sims' story including his shameful experimentation on enslaved women in the South between 1845 and 1849".

The New York Times says the commission's president wept on Monday when she called for the vote. It will be relocated to where Sims is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.

For now the city wants to keep the statue, but it's unclear when it will be moved to Brooklyn.

When the statue is put up in the cemetery, it will reportedly be accompanied by information about Sims' experiments and history.

A monument to indigenous people will also be erected near the Columbus statue at the gateway to Central Park.

Some argued that the statue shouldn't be relocated, but removed from NYC entirely.

It was late previous year when a city advisory panel conducted a 90-day review of all statues and monuments throughout the city.