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New York to remove Thomas Jefferson statue from city hall because of racist past

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The City Council of New York approved this Monday to remove the statue of Thomas Jefferson that had presided over the boardroom for more than 100 years, expelling one of the founding fathers of USA and first author of the Declaration of Independence for his slave-owning past.

On Monday, a New York City Council commission voted unanimously to remove the statue of Jefferson, who had more than 600 slaves and had six children with one of them, Sally Hemings.

For some years now, councilors of Latino and black origin had timidly called for his withdrawal. After much discussion, on Monday they decided to transfer it to the New York Historical Society.

“Jefferson represents some of the most embarrassing parts of our country’s long and nuanced history”said Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, who is black.

The debate over the statue of Jefferson is part of a national movement that arose from the death of George Floyd, a black man who died asphyxiated under the knee of a policeman and who led the movement Black Lives Matter (Black lives matter), as well as the racial inequalities that the coronavirus pandemic exposed, and the debate over whether Confederate monuments should be removed.

The statue, made in plaster following the bronze model of Jefferson displayed in the Rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, was commissioned in 1833 by Uriah P. Levy, the first Jewish Commodore in the U.S. Navy, to commemorate the support of one of the nation’s fathers for religious freedom in the military .

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