The American Museum of Natural History will remove a distinguished statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its entrance after years of objections that it symbolizes colonial growth and racial discrimination, Mayor Bill de Blasio mentioned Sunday.
The bronze statue that has stood on the museum’s Central Park West entrance since 1940 depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man standing subsequent to the horse.
“The American Museum of Natural History has requested to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue as a result of it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous folks as subjugated and racially inferior,” de Blasio mentioned in a written assertion. “The City helps the Museum’s request. It is the correct resolution and the correct time to remove this problematic statue.”
Taking to Twitter, President Donald Trump objected to the statue’s elimination.
“Ridiculous, do not do it!” he tweeted.
The museum’s president, Ellen Futter, instructed the New York Times that the museum’s “group has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening motion for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd.”
“We have watched as the eye of the world and the nation has more and more turned to statues as highly effective and hurtful symbols of systemic racism,” Futter instructed the Times.
Officials mentioned it hasn’t been decided when the Roosevelt statue might be eliminated and the place it should go.
“The composition of the Equestrian Statue doesn’t replicate Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy,” Theodore Roosevelt IV, a great-grandson of the president, mentioned in an announcement to the Times. “It is time to transfer the statue and transfer ahead.”
Futter mentioned the museum objects to the statue however not to Roosevelt, a pioneering conservationist whose father was a founding member of the establishment and who served as New York’s governor earlier than changing into the 26th president. She mentioned the museum is naming its Hall of Biodiversity for Roosevelt “in recognition of his conservation legacy.”
In 2017, protesters splashed pink liquid on the statue’s base to characterize blood and revealed an announcement calling for its elimination as an emblem of “patriarchy, white supremacy and settler-colonialism.”