Teddy Roosevelt Statue Gets Evicted From Outside Museum Of Natural History

Written by on June 22, 2020

A statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt outdoors the American Museum of Pure Historical past in New York is being moved. 

The statue on the Central Park West entrance depicts Roosevelt on a horse flanked by racist caricatures of Indigenous folks on foot strolling alongside him.

“The statue has lengthy been controversial due to the hierarchical composition that locations one determine on horseback and the others strolling alongside,” the museum stated in a press release. “Many people discover its depictions of the Native American and African figures and their placement within the monument racist.” 

Even a lot of Roosevelt’s supporters agreed.

Theodore Roosevelt IV, a great-grandson of the previous president and museum trustee, instructed The New York Instances he was nice with the elimination.

“The composition of the Equestrian Statue doesn’t replicate Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy,” he stated in a press release to the newspaper. “It’s time to transfer the statue and transfer ahead.”

The Roosevelt household has an extended historical past of ties to the museum, and the museum has named a rotunda and corridor for the previous president, amongst different issues. 

“Roosevelt’s father was one of many museum’s founders, and the museum is happy with its historic affiliation with the Roosevelt household,” the museum stated.

The statue is owned by the town of New York, which the Instances stated has agreed to take away it. 

Actor Ben Stiller, maybe a minimum of half-joking, supplied an thought for a substitute: 

Stiller and Williams starred within the “Evening on the Museum” movies, the place museum objects come to life at night time ― together with a determine of Roosevelt memorably portrayed by the late comedian icon.  

Williams died by suicide after filming on the third and remaining installment of the franchise was accomplished, however earlier than it was launched. 

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