Thomas Jefferson statue to be removed from New York City Council Chamber

NEW YORK: A statue of US President Thomas Jefferson, which has been in the New York City Council chamber for more than a century, is coming down after a public commission reevaluated the legacy of the Founding Fathers, who was also a slaveholder.
The New York City Public Design Commission on Monday unanimously voted to destroy Jefferson’s 7-foot (2.13-m) bronze likeness, which has seen proceedings in the most populous American city since 1915.
The commission agreed to long-lend the 187-year-old statue to the New York Historical Society. This is a plaster model of a statue still on display in the US Capitol rotunda.
“Jefferson covered some of the most embarrassing parts of our nation’s long and nuanced history,” councilperson Adrienne Adams, co-chair of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus, told the commission. “It’s time to turn the pages of the city and move on.”
Similar monuments have become the target of anti-racism demonstrations in recent years. Statues of Civil War Union leaders have also been destroyed.
Jefferson’s place in American history is complex.
As the primary author of the Declaration of Independence wrote that “all men are created equal”, he also enslaved over 600 men and fathered at least six children with Sally Hemmings, a woman whom he enslaved. created.
Not everyone supported the removal of the statue. Sean Willentz, an American history professor at Princeton University, wrote in a letter read to the commission: “The statue specifically honors Jefferson for his greatest contribution to mankind, in fact, in America.” (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Chicago; Editing by Howard Golar)

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