The controversial statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims was moved on April 17, 2018, from Central Park to the Brooklyn cemetery where he was buried.
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Sims, widely regarded as the "father of modern gynecology", established the first hospital for women in New York City in 1855. Sims' also developed a technique to fix vesicovaginal fistuas, a painful tear that could happen during childbirth. The bronze statue, previously held upon a granite base in the park, will rest on a low pedestal in the cemetery, The New York Times reported. J. Marion Sims' statue was placed in an "honored, high-profile position" in the famous park, and the Public Design Commission voted unanimously to relocate it to Green-Wood Cemetery.
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For now the city wants to keep the statue, but it's unclear when it will be moved to Brooklyn. "These procedures were part of a shameful legacy of experimentation by white doctors on black bodies", said Tom Finkelpearl, the city's cultural affairs commissioner and the head of the monuments panel, according to NYDN. Protesters have pushed the American Museum of Natural History to remove the a statue of Theodore Roosevelt, and a statue of Christopher Columbus became an issue in the recent mayoral election, though de Blasio ultimately decided the statue should remain with added information about Columbus's treatment of Native Americans.