Theodore Roosevelt statue removed from front of NYC's Museum of Natural History

The main piece of the Teddy Roosevelt monument was taken away by crane in the wee hours of early Thursday morning, just after midnight on Wednesday.

Workers secure part of a statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the nation's 26th president, after removing it from outside the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History, 在纽约市, 纽约, 一月. 20, 2022.

Workers secure part of a statue of Theodore Roosevelt, the nation’s 26th president, after removing it from outside the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History, 在纽约市, 纽约, 一月. 20, 2022. (REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs)

The statue is taking a hike out of New York City — and is now headed for North Dakota.

The bold equestrian monument to the nation’s 26th president depicted him flanked by two figures walking beside him, a Native American man and an African man — but it sparked major controversy and protests from some corners, with certain groups and individuals claiming it glorified colonialism and racism.

其他, 然而, defended the tribute and rallied to keep the monument in place, with some wanting deeper context and understanding around it.

The New York Young Republicans Club, 除其他外, defended the monument and spoke to “福克斯和朋友们” about the issue nearly two years ago.

The controversy was part of a larger push to remove statues, 纪念碑, and other images across America honoring certain historical figures, Confederate soldiers, slave owners, 和别的.

In this image, workers can be seen removing part of a statue of Theodore Roosevelt that has stood outside the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City since 1940, which the museum proposed to remove following objections from some that it was a symbol of colonialism, 一月. 20, 2022.

In this image, workers can be seen removing part of a statue of Theodore Roosevelt that has stood outside the entrance to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City since 1940, which the museum proposed to remove following objections from some that it was a symbol of colonialism, 一月. 20, 2022. (REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs)

After a crane took the statue away early on Thursday morning, just the concrete pedestal currently remained, as The New York Post reported.

Scaffolding now surrounds what had been the tribute to Theodore Roosevelt.

Evangelist Alveda King, 说话 福克斯新闻’ 尼尔·卡武托 a few years ago about this issue, 说过, “We’re fighting over statues now … If you’re going to take one statue down, you’re going to have to take all statues down. And that doesn’t work. Why don’t we leave them up, and find out why they were there?”

A crane carries away a portion of the statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, 一月. 20, 2022.

A crane carries away a portion of the statue of Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, 一月. 20, 2022. (REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs)

Efforts, 然而, to put a larger context on controversial aspects of American history did not help quell the protests against such monuments.

的 $ 2 million removal, carried out by the museum and the city, comes after The New York City Public Design Commission voted last June to relocate the monument, 邮报报道.

The museum last month put a tarp over the monument ahead of the statue’s removal.

A wall scaffolding and white tarp surround what is left of the controversial equestrian statue of President Theodore Roosevelt, at the American Museum of Natural History this week in New York City. A crew removed a portion of the statue overnight. 美联社照片/ Mary Altaffer

A wall scaffolding and white tarp surround what is left of the controversial equestrian statue of President Theodore Roosevelt, at the American Museum of Natural History this week in New York City. A crew removed a portion of the statue overnight. 美联社照片/ Mary Altaffer (美联社)

One of the ex-president’s descendants, Theodore Roosevelt V, cheered the statue’s removal plan last year, saying it wasfitting that the statue is being relocated to a place where its composition can be re-contextualized to facilitate difficult, complex and inclusive discussions,” the Post noted.

Theodore Roosevelt, 在年龄 43, became the nation’s 26th and youngest president (1901-1909).

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He was a statesman, conservationist, naturalist, and historian.

The statue’s new destination in a long-term loan agreement is Medora, 北达科他州.

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