NYC Removes Statue Honoring 19th Century Surgeon Who Experimented On Female Slaves

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April 16, city Council of NY chose to dismantle the monument to Dr. James Marino Sims in Central Park and moved to the Brooklyn cemeterywhere he is buried.

The 19th century obstetrician and gynecologist is called "The father of modern gynecology".

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio created the task force following nationwide protests over confederate statues. Sims' also developed a technique to fix vesicovaginal fistuas, a painful tear that could happen during childbirth.


But Sims' advancements were developed after performing experimental surgeries on female slaves without anesthesia and, some experts say, without consent.

The New York City Parks Department removed the statue from the park early Tuesday, but it will eventually be put up again in the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Sims is buried. At that time, many spoke out against the statue of Sims, though the majority of the debate centered on representations of Christopher Columbus throughout the city.

As far as Green-Wood Cemetary is concerned, J. Marion Sims is definitively absent from their list of "famous residents," and his gravesite must be located via the search function.


But the decision to erect the statue again instead of removing it entirely drew the ire of some activists. It will be kept in storage at Green-Wood until the cemetery constructs a historical display, which will put Sims' work into context and be placed near his grave site, a spokeswoman for the cemetery said.

A controversial statue was taken down in Central Park Tuesday. "These procedures were part of a shameful legacy of experimentation by white doctors on black bodies", said Tom Finkelpearl, the city's cultural affairs commissioner and the head of the monuments panel, according to NYDN. It is the only statue citywide that an advisory panel chose to remove.


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