The commission approved a plan to loan the 187-year-old statue, which has resided inside City Hall since 1833, to the New York Historical Society in order “to protect the artwork and provide opportunities to exhibit it within an educational and historical context.”
The commission favored removing the historic statue, sculpted by Pierre-Jean David, before the end of the year, PIX-11 News reported. The commission did not immediately respond to Fox News’ versoek om kommentaar.
The City Council’s Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus has long objected to the statue’s presence because Jefferson owned slaves. Assembly Member Charles Barron and his wife, City Council Member Inez Barron, led the fight to remove the statue.
Burgemeester Bill de Blasio charged his wife, first lady Chirlane McCray, head of the Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation, with deciding the sculpture’s fate.