Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

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. He invented the speculum and treated women in a time when few people did.

It was removed Tuesday for relocation to Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, where Sims is buried, accompanied by signage with historical context.

In the previous year or so, during a period of dialogue about what it means to continue to maintain monuments to figures whose lives no longer seem praiseworthy, Confederate monuments have been removed from many cities, and universities have begun to come to grips with their own and their benefactors' connections to slavery. "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".

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"Sims is not our hero", shouted the others.

Its removal from the park followed a 90-day review ordered by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio a year ago into "all symbols of hate on city property", after a woman was killed at a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.

Sims was known for pioneering advancements in gynecology through unethical means. The move is part of the decision by Mayor Bill de Blasio with input from the city's Monument Commission, CBS New York reports.

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The monument to Sims is among a number of other statues that have drawn controversy in NY in recent months.

Michele Bogart, a former member of the design commission and an art history professor, had urged that the statue remain in Central Park, saying: "History matters".

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