The Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt, featuring the nation’s 26th President on horseback flanked by the minority figures of an African-American man and a Native American man on either side, will be removed from the front steps of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City according to a statement from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office.
Why remove the statue?
◾️The 80 year old statue, while meant to celebrate Roosevelt’s, stirs controversy for its symbolism of the subjugation and inferiority of African-Americans and Native Americans.
◾️In 2017, activists splashed red liquid on the statue’s base to represent blood and published a statement calling for its removal as an emblem of “patriarchy, white supremacy and settler-colonialism.”
A Roosevelt family member released a statement condoning the removal:
“The world does not need statues, relics of another age, that reflect neither the values of the person they intend to honour nor the values of equality and justice.”
Who was Theodore Roosevelt?
◾He was the former President of the United States & served two terms from 1901 to 1909, & is often ranked in the top five in terms of achievement.
◾The Republican served two terms from 1901 to 1909, and is often ranked in the top five in terms of achievement.
◾He won widespread praise for proposals that led towards a welfare state, and was a devoted naturalist and author of works on natural history.
◾Teddy, as he is known, is one of the four faces on the famous Mount Rushmore monument, where he joins Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.
Did You Know?
? The teddy-bear was invented in honor of President Theodore Roosevelt & he used it as his mascot when he ran for
? Teddy, as he was known, is one of the four faces on the famous Mount Rushmore National Memorial monument in the Bak Hills region of South Dakota, USA, where he joins Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.