Theodore Roosevelt

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Statue of Theodore Roosevelt at NYC's Museum of Natural History will be removed
The Statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History, sculpted by James Earle Fraser in 1940.
The Statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History, sculpted by James Earle Fraser in 1940. Credit: Ad Meskens / Public domain

The office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt at the American Museum of Natural History would be removed. The statue shows an African man and a Native American man standing next to Roosevelt on a horse.

The mayor's office stated that the American Museum of Natural History had asked for the statue's removal as it "explicitly depicts Black and Indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior" and that the city of New York supports the museum's request as it "is the right decision and the right time to remove this problematic statue".