Thomas Jefferson statue to be removed from New York City Hall

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A statue of Thomas Jefferson that stands over New York City Hall’s council chamber will be removed after a city commission vote Monday.

The New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously to move the statue to a public location, yet to be determined, before the end of the year. Efforts to remove the statue of the third president — who owned about 130 slaves when he died in 1826 — were renewed during the nationwide racial reckoning that followed the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.

The original proposal, to move the statue to the New York Historical Society, was modified after testimony at the meeting raised questions about access to the publicly owned artwork at a private museum that charges admission.