NYC to Remove J. Marion Sims Statue from East Harlem!
East Harlem Preservation is pleased to announce that Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Advisory Commission on C...ity Art, Monuments and Markers have agreed with our call for the removal of the statue of J. Marion Sims from its location on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street.
In 2010, East Harlem Preservation began its campaign to remove the monument honoring Sims—a white southern doctor who experimented on enslaved Black women without anesthesia or informed consent. The initiative was inspired by Author Harriet Washington, community activist Viola Plummer, and others who had called attention to Sim's cruel experiments.
Throughout our campaign, we maintained that the statue’s presence did a great disservice to the neighborhood’s majority Black and Puerto Rican residents—two groups that have specifically been subjected to medical experiments without permission or regard for their wellbeing—and should be removed.
While we were disheartened to learn that the Sims statue is the only monument to white supremacy that will be removed in New York City, we'd like to acknowledge and thank members of the Mayor's Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers for respecting the wishes of over 20,000 petitioners, neighborhood residents, and members of the Coalition to Remove the Dr. Sims Statue.
Although the statue's removal may be a symbolic gesture, it presents an opportunity to continue the dialogue on racism and violence against women of color that we helped initiate. We congratulate everyone involved in this effort and invite you to join us at an upcoming community dialogue on creating a new artistic vision for the site. Details to come.
More and more I feel that the people of ill will have used time much more effectively than have the people of good will.
We will have to repent in t...his generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co workers with God, and without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the forces of social stagnation.
We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.
Now is the time to make real the promise of democracy and transform our pending national elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.
Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
One year ago when #1804Movie was in the works. This is an example of having a vision and getting it done. Really the hardest part is having the vision to act on.
Hotep Family, I felt very comfortable and confident during the filming of the documentary, "1804-The Hidden History of Haiti." Brother Tariq has a great inqui...sitive mind and a powerful way to ask questions that brings the best information from the person he is questioning. What grounds Haitian Africans, Dominican Africans, Jamaican Africans, Puerto Rican Africans, Surinamese Africans, and American Africans is AFRICA. The only difference among us is a boat stop. Together we will stand, Divided we will fall. Haiti is an example of a successful revolution (Post-1492) that was the first step towards total liberation and emancipation for Africans at home and abroad. The third photo includes my sun, Heru, who was present for the taping. Cast aside the image of your white god, embrace your African spirituality...You are Free. It ain't over 'til we win. Kaba Hiawatha