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Theodore Roosevelt Statue Removed from Outside NYC’s Natural History Museum

HeadlineJan 20, 2022

Workers have started removing the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt from the steps of the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The city’s Public Design Commission voted last June to take down the monument amid a national reckoning with the racist legacy of the U.S. The statue depicts Roosevelt on a horse, with a Native American man and an African man standing beside him. In a statement, the Natural History Museum said, “The statue itself communicates a racial hierarchy the Museum and members of the public have long found disturbing.” The statue will go on long-term loan to North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, despite the objections of some Indigenous groups in North Dakota.

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