NYC Is Removing Statue of a Doctor Who Experimented on Enslaved Women

Statue of J. Marion Sims in Central Park New York City.                        CBS New York

April 16, city Council of NY made a decision to dismantle the monument to Dr. James Marino Sims in Central Park and moved to the Brooklyn cemeterywhere he is buried. This is why the special Commission established by NY mayor bill de Blasio to identify "symbols of hate", decided that the monument to such a controversial personality has no place in the city centre.

The commission on Monday voted 7-0 to accept a mayoral panel's recommendation that a Central Park statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims be moved to the Brooklyn cemetery where he is buried. But Sims developed the surgery by experimenting on black women without anesthesia, only performing the surgery on white women - and using anesthesia - once he had perfected the technique through his painful experiments.

The move comes after a number of public protests over the Sims statue.

Sims, widely regarded as the "father of modern gynecology", established the first hospital for women in New York City in 1855. The statue, erected on the edge of Central Park in East Harlem in 1894, is being taken down on Tuesday after sitting there for more than 100 years.

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According to the New York Daily News, the statue "will now be installed on a low base next to Sims' grave at Green-Wood".

The monument to Sims is among a number of other statues that have drawn controversy in NY in recent months.

Some argued that the statue shouldn't be relocated, but removed from NYC entirely.

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