The New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously this week to approve the removal of the Teddy Roosevelt Statue from in front of the Museum of Natural History, though it’s still unclear where the statue will go. The museum had requested its removal after protests about the depiction of the former president flanked by a Native American and Black man beneath him. Because it’s on city property, the city had the final say.
“It has become clear that removing the statue would be a symbol of progress toward an inclusive and equitable community,” Dan Slippen, vice president of government relations at the museum, said at the meeting, according to the Times.
At Monday’s meeting, made public as a YouTube video, Sam Biederman of the New York City Parks Department said that although the statue “was not erected with malice of intent,” its composition “supports a thematic framework of colonization and racism.”
Once the statue is removed, the spot will be replaced by steps similar to the ones around it, city reps said at an earlier meeting.