Tasteless Tribute | Manhattan Times

Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey.

They had names.

More than a dozen enslaved black women were purchased in the 1800’s by Dr. James Marion Sims, a white Southern doctor who performed experimental surgeries on the women.

Sims, a South Carolina native considered the “father of modern gynecology,” is reported to have conducted these procedures without administering anesthesia, as he claimed black women did not feel pain.

Community activists and elected officials are renewing their call to have a statue of Sims in Central Park removed.

On Mon., Aug. 21, electeds and East Harlem leaders gathered at the statue, located at Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, and asked the Parks Department and Mayor Bill de Blasio to tear down the monument due to Sims’ treatment of black women.

Among those who gathered at what was labeled “the tasteless tribute” were Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Congressman Adriano Espaillat, State Senator Brian Benjamin, City Councilmembers Mark Levine, Bill Perkins and Helen Rosenthal and Deputy Manhattan Borough President Matthew Washington, as well as members of Community Board 11, Black Youth Project (BYP) and East Harlem Preservation.

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