In new York dismantle the equestrian monument to former US President Theodore Roosevelt, located at the entrance to the American Museum of natural history. This was reported by The New York Times, referring to the statement of the President of the Museum and the city authorities.
a Bronze monument to the American President, who was in power from 1901 to 1909, was erected in 1940. The monument consists of three main elements: on horseback Roosevelt sitting next to him on one side is Indian, the other African.
As noted, the decision to dismantle the monument took the Museum, the authorities of new York, which owns the rights to it, agreed with the decision. For many years activists spoke out against this monument, which became a symbol of racial discrimination and colonial expansion. The decision to dismantle adopted amid protests against racism that erupted in the United States.
the President of the Museum Ellen Fatter assured that the Museum does not have anything against the Roosevelt. The hall of Biodiversity, it was decided to name in honor of the former President, which is closely connected with the history of the Museum.
new York Mayor bill di Blasio noted in his statement that the Museum was asked to remove the monument due to the fact that Indian and black are represented, if they were racially inferior and enslaved. Grandson of Roosevelt, who is a Trustee of the American Museum of natural history, approved the removal of the monument and issued a statement.
the fate of the monument after the dismantling of yet unknown. There is also no information about what will stand in its place, according to RIA Novosti.
amid protests after the death of the African-American George Floyd at the hands of police across the United States began the demolition of the monuments of the southerners during the Civil war. It also touched the statues of the discoverer of America Christopher Columbus, whom the activists accused of genocide of the indigenous population of America.