New York City Hall removed a statue honoring Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, on Monday.
The Associated PressAccording to reports, the New York City Public Design Commission voted to remove the statue in November after opposition from city councilors. This was because Jefferson owned slaves.
The New-York Historical Society will display the statue. According to the museum, it will give context to the “complicated legacy” of the third president.
The White HouseJefferson is described as “democracy spokesperson”, and “lead author of Declaration of Independence.”
According to The Associated Press the statue was donated to the city by the artist in 1834. It was modeled after the bronze statue currently in Washington’s Capitol Rotunda.