The statue of US President Thomas Jefferson was removed from New York City Hall due to its ties to the slave trade. As Sky News writes, the sculpture – made in 1833 – was placed in the central hall since 1915
of the New York administration. But it has now been removed, following a vote that was held last month.
Removal of the statue
A team of technicians worked for several hours to move the heavy statue from its pedestal and place it in a padded wooden crate, with which it was moved to the New York Historical Society. Thus, the request of the African American and Latin American advisers who contest the slave past of Jefferson, the third president of the United States between 1801 and 1809 and one of the main authors of the country’s Declaration of Independence, was fulfilled.
Jefferson and the slaves
“Having that statue in the classroom where we do our work makes me deeply uncomfortable,” said Adrienne Adams, an African-American city councilor. “It pays tribute to a slave owner who believed that people like me did not deserve to have the same rights and freedoms as those he cited in the Declaration of Independence.” Jefferson had over 600 slaves on his Monticello plantation near Charlottesville. Among them, a woman named Sally Hemings who bore him six children.