Published: Wed, April 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

New York City's Public Design Commission voted unanimously on Monday to remove the statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th century surgeon who conducted experimental operations on female slaves, from its place of honor in Central Park.

In the 1840s, to master the technique that earned him the title of "father of modern gynecology" - a cure for vesicovaginal fistula, which closed unsafe openings between the bladder and vagina, often caused by giving birth - he practiced on enslaved women whom he purchased. "Rather, it is a visual focal point that will bring attention to a factual display that Green-Wood will build to document Sims' story including his shameful experimentation on enslaved women in the South between 1845 and 1849". It was late past year when a city advisory panel conducted a 90-day review of all statues and monuments throughout the city.

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


"I am incredibly disappointed", he said. Others like the Christopher Columbus statue in Columbus Circle will have signs added to note context and the controversy surrounding the individual.

The Parks Department is removing a controversial statue Tuesday from Central Park.

Critics complain that the Roosevelt monument is an image of racial hierarchy, depicting a triumphant Roosevelt on horseback looming over Native American and African men.

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