The large bronze equestrian statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt, which since 1940 has been located at the New York Museum of Natural History, will be removed and moved to the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library in North Dakota.
According to a statement from this Library, which will not open its doors until 2026, both institutions have reached an agreement for a long-term loan of the statue of Roosevelt, President of the United States between 1901 and 1909.
Progressive activists campaigned for the removal of the Roosevelt statue citing “racism,” as also happened last October when the New York City Council approved the removal of a statue of the third president and one of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson.
Calls to remove the work increased following demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library executive director Edward O’Keefe weighed in, “it is said that ‘those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it,’ and our job is to forthrightly examine history to understand the present and make a better future.”
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The Roosevelt equestrian statue is one of many monuments across the country that have fallen victim to cancel culture.