Thomas Jefferson Statue to Removed from New York City Hall Before 2022

A statue of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson is pictured in the council chambers in City Hall after a vote to have it removed in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., October 19, 2021. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands over New York City Hall’s council chamber will be removed after a city commission vote Monday.

The New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously to move the statue to a public location, yet to be determined, before the end of the year. Efforts to remove the statue of the third president — who owned about 130 slaves when he died in 1826 — were renewed during the nationwide racial reckoning that followed the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

The original proposal, to move the statue to the New York Historical Society, was modified after testimony at the meeting raised questions about access to the publicly owned artwork at a private museum that charges admission.

The Black, Latino and Asian Caucus of the New York City Council decried the delay, saying the commission “voted to prolong the indignity” of Jefferson’s prominent place.

The Public Design Commission and the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Tim Fitzsimons