NYC removes statue of doctor who experimented on slaves

The statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, is removed by crane, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in New York's Central Park.  Sims was known as the father of modern gy

The statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, is removed by crane, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in New York's Central Park. Sims was known as the father of modern gy

Dr. Bernadith Russell hugs a friend as the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, is removed from New York's Central Park, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Sims was k

Dr. Bernadith Russell hugs a friend as the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, is removed from New York's Central Park, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Sims was k

A worker tosses a strap over the 19th century statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in New York's Central Park.  Sims was known as th

A worker tosses a strap over the 19th century statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in New York's Central Park. Sims was known as th

NEW YORK (AP) — A statue of a 19th century doctor who did experimental surgery without anesthesia on enslaved African-American women has been removed from New York's Central Park.

The city's Public Design Commission voted Monday to accept a mayoral panel's recommendation to remove the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, known as the father of modern gynecology.

It was removed Tuesday for relocation to Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, where Sims is buried, accompanied by signage with historical context.

The New York Times says the commission's president wept on Monday when she called for the vote.

Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a review of "symbols of hate" on city property eight months ago following a white supremacist protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left a person dead.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com