Controversial Roosevelt statue will be removed from entrance to New Yorks American Museum of Natural History

Statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History. Image courtesy Flickr

A problematic statue of Theodore Roosevelt, which has sat on Central Park West in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York since 1940, will be removed. The statue depicts the 26th president on horseback with a Native American and an African man—both of whom are shirtless and on foot—flanking him on either side.

The statue sits on land owned by the city, and after the museum requested its removal, the mayors office quickly agreed. The move comes amid a national debate regarding what to do with monuments that are seen as embodying the ideologies of white suprematism, and as many statues have been toppled in protests following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In a memorandum released to its staff on Sunday, the museum wrote that, “while the statue is owned by the city, the museum recognizes the importance of taking a position at this time. We believe that the statue should no longer remain and have requested that it be moved.”

“The world does not need statues, relics of another age, that reflect neither the values of the person they intend to honor nor the values of equality and justice,” says Theodore Roosevelt IV, the 77-year-old great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt and a trustee of the museum, in a statement. “The composition of the Equestrian Statue does not reflect Theodore Roosevelts legacy. It is time to move the statue and move forward.”

“The American Museum of Natural History has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior,” says mayor De BRead More – Source