Melissa sent a letter to the Department of Parks & Recreation regarding an offensive statue outside of Central Park in El Barrio/East Harlem, asking that the statue’s location be reconsidered, and also inquiring regarding broader policies on statues and monuments that communities may find offensive. This statue was the subject of an article in Sunday’s New York Post as well.
The statue in question honors Dr. Marion Sims, who helped make advancements in women’s health, but who did so by performing experimental surgeries, without anesthesia, on female slaves.
Take a look at the letter below:
What do you think? Does this statue belong in El Barrio/East Harlem? Let us know in the comment section below.