Thomas Jefferson statue to be removed from New York City Chambers, commission rules

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 orderto 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.

NYC’S DE BLASIO BOOTING THOMAS JEFFERSON STATUE FROM CITY HALL

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.

Dante de Blasio, van links, Chirlane McCray and Bill de Blasio attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" exhibition on Monday, Sept.. 13, 2021, In New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Dante de Blasio, van links, Chirlane McCray and Bill de Blasio attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the “In Amerika: A Lexicon of Fashionexhibition on Monday, Sept.. 13, 2021, In New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

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