A statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City that has been criticized for symbolizing colonialism and racism will be removed, the city announced Sunday.
The statue, which is owned by the city, was unveiled in 1940 and sits on public park land outside the museum’s Central Park West entrance. The memorial features Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man by his side.
“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “The City supports the Museum’s request. It is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue.”
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