A statue of J Marion Sims being removed from Central Park. It will be placed in Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemtery.

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Statue Of J. Marion Sims Removed From Central Park

April 17, 2018 - 10:06 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A monument in Central Park was pulled down on Tuesday morning.

The statue of J. Marion Sims -- a doctor who experimented on slaves -- will be relocated to Sims' gravesite at Brooklyn's Greenwood Cemetery.

The move was proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio's monuments commission, which looked at statues all over the city including the Columbus Statue in Columbus Circle. The Sims monument is the only one being moved.

Park crews needed several hours to remove it. Several dozen people gathered chanting 'tear it down.'

Carols Gomez was among them.

"If you do it to one, you need to do it all of them that doesn't respect the community that it served," he said.

Catherine was also there to see the statue moved onto a flatbed.

"It's not destroying the statue, it's moving him to a place where he won't be honored, which he shouldn't be for torturing women," she said.

Sims used to be hailed as the father of modern gynecology, but more recently was condemned for doing experiments on women without anesthesia.