Thomas Jefferson statue at City Hall to be removed by the end of the year

The final decision on what to do with it has not been reached yet, only the consensus that it’s got to go.

News 12 Staff

Oct 18, 2021, 9:27 PM

Updated 997 days ago

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A statue of Thomas Jefferson in City Hall’s City Council Chamber will be removed by the end of the year. 
This comes after a vote by the New York City Public Design Commission following an hourslong hearing on Monday. 
The statue has been standing in that location since 1915. It has been in various locations in City Hall since 1833. 
The hearing was filled with grueling debate, many weighing in on where the statue should be moved or if it should be removed and put in storage instead. 
The final decision on what to do with it has not been reached yet, only the consensus that it’s got to go. 
Many say the statue is a symbol of the history of racism, white supremacy and slavery in this country. They say Jefferson, a slave owner as well as a president and founding father, is a deeply flawed and controversial figure in American history.


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