The statue of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, was removed Monday from New York City Hall.
The Associated Press reports that the New York City Public Design Commission voted in November to remove the statue after city council members objected to its presence because Jefferson owned slaves.
The New-York Historical Society will have the statue on display. It will be used by the museum to provide context for the president’s complex legacy.
The White HouseJefferson is described by the author as “spokesman of democracy” and “principal writer of the Declaration of Independence.”
According to The Associated Press the statue was given to the city in 1834. It is modeled after the bronze statue currently located in Washington’s Capitol Rotunda.