THE EMPTY PEDESTAL
Came across this on my way home from #themuseumofthecityofnewyork
The statue of J Marion Sims was finally removed from his pedestal a few months ago. Soon the pedestal itself will be gone.
Mayor De Blasio assembled a panel following his tweet in August of last year, posted after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a counterprotester was slain.
De Blasio said that the panel would scrutinize “all symbols of hate” in the city, and recommend which should be removed.
More than 800 monuments, statues and markers were considered by de Blasio’s commission.
The only statue to be removed so far is this one, near Central Park at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.
J. Marion Sims, considered the “father of modern gynecology” and founded NYC’s Women’s Hospital, was known for creating the vaginal speculum as well as a successful treatment for “vesico-vaginal fistulas,” a wound between a woman’s bladder and vagina that often developed after childbirth.
But Sims conducted much of his research on slaves who could not give consent and who were rarely given anesthesia.
“The Sims monument has come to represent a legacy of oppressive and abusive practices on bodies that were seen as subjugated, subordinate, and exploitable in service to his fame,” the committee wrote in the report.
The sculpture was erected in 1894, and is the work of German sculptor Ferdinand von Miller.
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