Statue of President Roosevelt removed over progressive concerns

The bronze monument of President Roosevelt on horseback with two minority men on foot by his side has been taken down due to the fact that the two men on foot were African and Native American, according to Breitbart News

“It has been criticized by some as a symbol of colonialism and racism,” according to Reuters.

The statue of the 26th president was removed on Wednesday and relocated to the Presidential Library in Medora, North Dakota. The library is scheduled to open in 2026, Breitbart News previously reported.

Museum officials first talked about removing the statue in June 2020 shortly after the death of George Floyd, according to previous reporting by Breitbart News:

“Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd,” the museum’s president, Ellen V. Futter, told the New York Times. “We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism.”

“Simply put,” Futter added, “the time has come to move it.”

However, former Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio also endorsed removing the “problematic statue” at the time and the museum was on city-owned property, which meant his opinion was considered in the details of how the statue would be handled. 

It was roughly a year later in June of 2021 when “The New York City Public Design Commission unanimously approved a measure to relocate the statue,” Breitbart News reported

According to the publication, the New York City Parks Department employee Sam Biederman claimed that although the monument “was not erected with malice of intent,” and its composition “supports a thematic framework of colonization and racism.”

The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation announced on November 19, 2021, in a press release that it “entered into an agreement with the City of New York for the long-term loan and reconsideration of the Equestrian Statue.”

The release states:

“The board of the TR Library believes the Equestrian Statue is problematic in its composition. Moreover, its current location denies passersby consent and context.

“The agreement with the City allows the TR Library to relocate the statue for storage while considering a display that would enable it to serve as an important tool to study the nation’s past. With the support of members of the Roosevelt family, the TR Library will establish an Advisory Council composed of representatives of the Indigenous Tribal and Black communities, historians, scholars, and artists to guide the recontextualization of the statue.”

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