Statue of doctor who operated on enslaved women removed from Central Park


New York City workers removed a Central Park statue on Tuesday commemorating Dr. J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century surgeon who made significant advances in gynecology at the expense of enslaved black women.

This is why the special Commission established by NY mayor bill de Blasio to identify "symbols of hate", decided that the monument to such a controversial personality has no place in the city centre. Mayor Bill de Blasio established the panel in August 2017 after violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee monument.

The commission on Monday voted 7-0 to accept a mayoral panel's recommendation that a Central Park statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims be moved to the Brooklyn cemetery where he is buried. But historical markers will be erected in the circle to explain what detractors say was his insensitivity to Native Americans.

Mengele was a German Nazi physician who carried out experiments on prisoners at concentration camps during the Holocaust.

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The decision was a huge letdown for Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

"I recognize his contributions but it's sort of if Josef Mengele had contributions to the field of medicine, we wouldn't put a statue to him because of how he got that information", she said.

The commission said Petain and another Nazi collaborator, Pierre Laaval, should stay because to remove them would mean all 206 people honored in the Canyon of Heroes would have to go.