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Statue of man who experimented on enslaved women removed

STATUE REMOVAL: Protesters gather around the pedestal after the removal of the monument (Image: Malcolm Pinckney/NYC Parks)

A STATUE of a doctor who conducted experiments on enslaved black women has been removed from Central Park, New York.

The decision to remove the monument was approved by New York City’s public design commission, a body set up after mayor Bill de Blasio set up the taskforce in the wake of protests against Confederate statues took place across America.

The removal, which took place on Tuesday (April 17), is one of the outcomes of a 90-day review into “all symbols of hate on city property” that de Blasio ordered last year.

The monument of Dr James Marion Sims, a 19th century surgeon, was erected in 1894. It will now be relocated to Green Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, the location of Sims’ grave.

The pedestal in the park will remain and New York City council has said it will add informational plaques to the existing pedestal and to the statue at its new location.

The council has also said that it will commission new artwork that explores the controversies around Sims’ legacy.

Sims conducted mainly conducted experiments on enslaved black women, but he also targeted women of colour.

The medical field had heralded him as a pioneer in the practice of gynecology. Some referred to him as the “father of gynaecology” and a plaque next to his Central Park statue read: "His brilliant achievement carried the fame of American surgery throughout the entire world."

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