NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Parks Department removed a controversial statue Tuesday from Central Park.

After 84 years in Central Park, the granite base of the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims is now empty. The statue was taken down with little fanfare and carted off in a Parks Department truck, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported.

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The move was part of the decision by Mayor Bill de Blasio with input from the city’s Monument Commission.

A sign left behind read: “By order of Mayor Bill de Blasio, NYC Parks has relocated the statue of Dr. James Marion Sims to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, where Sims is buried. Plans are being developed to commission a new monument on this site.”

Sims, who has been referred to as “the father of gynecology,” performed surgical experiments of female slaves without anesthesia.

Of all the controversial city statues considered by the commission in their review, Sim’s monument is the only one being moved.

“We are just excited by the decision of the commission and also by the decision of the mayor,” the commission’s John Calvelli said in January.

De Blasio said he hopes to see both sides of the story.

“It’s very complex, it’s not pretty,” he said Tuesday. “In some ways it’s very painful but it’s not just one or the other side.”

He described the decision to place the statue in Green-Wood Cemetery “a fair way to address a very thorny situation.”

During the intense public debate, several statues were defaced, including the Theodore Roosevelt statue in front of the Museum of Natural History and a smaller statue of Christopher Columbus.

De Blasio decided the Columbus statue in Columbus Circle would remain. But historical markers will be erected in the circle to explain what detractors say was his insensitivity to Native Americans.

The mayor also chose to leave the plaque to Henri Philippe Petain where it is in the Canyon of Heroes. He was a World War I hero who later collaborated with the Nazis.

The decision was a huge letdown for Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

“I am incredibly disappointed,” he said.

The commission said Petain and another Nazi collaborator, Pierre Laaval, should stay because to remove them would mean all 206 people honored in the Canyon of Heroes would have to go.

Sources tell CBS2’s Kramer discussions on what to do with the former site of the Sims statute have centered on honoring a woman who has made contributions to women, possibly a woman of color.

For more information from the commission, click here.

Comments (16)
  1. Walt Pryor says:

    The continuing indoctrination by the Communist/Demcrat mass media.
    This is pure Communism! This is pure Liberal Democrat Progressivism.
    You better start supporting the Conservatives in elections or you will lose your country, your children, and your grandchildren!
    Democrats want your daughter to abort your grandchildren! Democrats are encouraging homosexuality which is rift with sexual diseases. Your children are encouraged in schools to have homosexual sex by Democrats!

    This is a very good example of the Media’s spin, twist, half truths, and lies! This is called Communist Left Propaganda. Thank a local Democrat Communist.

  2. The Cultural Revolution continues. Misrepresent history to the ignorant masses and tear down monuments to great men. Clown country.

  3. Mike Favetti says:

    Well golly gee, everyone knows how racist this statue is. We can do better.

  4. Mike Herman says:

    Look for Comrade De Blasio to replace it with a statue of Karl Marx.

  5. “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”

    ― George Orwell, 1984

  6. Tobias Keith says:

    Who died left Big Bird deBlahsio boss? The clown is not even from NYC, grew up in Massachusetts somewhere. See what Low Information Voting does to you, NYC?

  7. Replace it with the father of Urology, Dr. Elihu Root?

  8. roccocannoli says:

    They didn’t HAVE anesthesia when Dr. Sims did his work — work which is saving the lives and dignity of thousands of African women who have fistulas today.

  9. Paul Cooper says:

    Thank god we are tackling the important issues first.

  10. tngilmer says:

    “Do you realize that the past, starting from yesterday, has been actually abolished? If it survives anywhere, it’s in a few solid objects with no words attached to them, like that lump of glass there. Already we know almost literally nothing about the Revolution and the years before the Revolution. Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, and every date has been altered. And that process is continuing day-by-day and minute-by-minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.” In the novel 1984 by George Orwell.

  11. Ban feminists from getting their coochie checked!

  12. The American Taliban is alive and well.

  13. Americas’ Dr. Mengele is right., this should be taught in schools. Not to create divide in the races..but , to be truthful with its horrors. This is the only thing I agree with the mayor about. Put him in the cemetery , make sure you put a sign up that explains who and what he did.

  14. Jantzi Green says:

    The upside is that a statue of America’s own antebellum Dr. Mengele is being removed; the downside is that most people have no idea who he was.

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