Thomas Jefferson statue to be removed from New York City Chambers, commission rules

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Mayor’s wife said ‘we are not really there as a council to expose such a person’

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The New York City Public Design Commission voted to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States, from the chambers of the New York City Council at City Hall.

the commission approved Scheme to give loan to 187 year old statue, which has resided inside City Hall since 1833 for the New York Historical Society to “protect the artwork and provide opportunities to display it in an educational and historical context”.

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The commission supported the removal of the historic statue sculpted by Pierre-Jean David before the end of the year, PIX-11 News Reported. The commission did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.

NYC’s DE BLASIO Boots Thomas Jefferson Statue From City Hall

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The City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian caucuses have long objected to the statue’s presence because Jefferson had slaves. Assembly member Charles Barron and his wife, city council member Inez Barone, led the fight to remove the statue.

Mayor Bill de Blasio accused his wife, first lady Chirlane McCray, the head of the Racial Justice and Reconciliation Commission, of deciding the fate of the sculpture.

“Thomas Jefferson and his own personal writings, memoirs, have much to say about how he treated his slaves, his family members, and things of that nature, and how he perceived African Americans and slaves—that they possessed the wisdom of The drawback was, that they didn’t have to assimilate into society,” Miller told The New York Post.

“For us to really expose such a person is not really who we are as a council,” Miller said.

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams has supported the removal of the statue, calling on the commission to begin “uplifting underrepresented faces and communities” at City Hall. Republican challenger Curtis Silva said he wants the statue to remain, claiming that removing it would involve erasing history.

“The de Blasio administration will continue the progressive war on history as it, itself, fades into a portrait on the wall of City Hall,” Councilman Joe Borelli, R-Staten Island, told The New York Post of the statue’s removal. “I hope he’s gone at least two hundred years before someone can cancel him.”

A replica of the statue remains on display in the Capitol Rotunda. Washington DC.

The removal of public monuments began with a call for the removal of Confederate monuments. Yet the movement grew as activists began targeting America’s founders as well. Vandals spray-painted “1619” on a fallen statue of George Washington, in an apparent reference to The New York Times’ 1619 Project, during riots in the summer of 2020.


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