Published On: Thu, Jun 24th, 2021

NYC’s American Museum of Natural History to Take Down Theodore Roosevelt Statue Due to Protests of Racism

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A bronze statue of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, will be removed from the main entrance of the American Museum of Natural History due to claims of “racism” and symbolism of colonialist dominance. On Monday, The New York City Public Design Commission unanimously voted to move the president’s statue, which had been at the museum for over 80 years, The New York Times reported. The protests that led to talks for over a year and finally the recent vote were largely due to an African American and Native American that are depicted on the sides of Roosevelt, who is mounted on a steed. In mid-2020, the challenges led the museum, which is owned by the City of New York, to put forward a suggestion to remove the statue. Mayor Bill de Blasio subsequently said that he supports the request. “The American Museum of Natural History has …

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