In May, members of Community Board 7‘s Preservation Committee reviewed the American Museum of Natural History‘s proposal to remove the Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt from its Central Park West entrance. Committee members ended up voting unanimously in favor of it.
This week, the proposal received final green light, as the statue’s relocation was approved by the New York City Public Design Commission.
“The Statue has long been controversial because of the hierarchical composition that places one figure on horseback and the others walking alongside, and many of us find its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement in the monument racist,” a statement from the AMNH read at the time.
The Equestrian Statue in front of the Museum has long been controversial for the racial hierarchy it depicts. The Museum has asked that it be moved. More: https://t.co/3hgIWe0fqu pic.twitter.com/m99Bl1EEFT
— American Museum of Natural History (@AMNH) June 21, 2020
Reactions to the initiative have been mixed since the proposal made headlines. Many have voiced support for preserving history and not removing the statue, including those who attended a protest against the statue’s removal about one week after the museum made its announcement.
Protesters demanding Teddy Roosevelt statue not to be removed in #NYC at the American Museum of Natural history. Stay tuned for updates pic.twitter.com/tB30wWsPFE
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) June 28, 2020
Others have expressed alignment with the AMNH’s position, and are happy it will be gone.
It is currently unknown where the Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt will be placed.
Next controversy: the text of the message to be engraved at the entrance.
Sad day in New York City. When all it takes is being loud often enough to get your way. The placement of the President on horseback was meant to denote leadership, the two figures represent all the people regardless of racial heritage as well as the people’s support for their President. But the ‘protestors’ got their way, the dismantling of American culture, to be continued.