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New York City removes statue of Thomas Jefferson


The commission's members are appointed by the mayor, not elected. The members voted unanimously after Monday's Zoom hearing, in lockstep to remove the founding father's statue because he was a slave owner.

Some called for the statue to be demolished.

New York Assemblyman Charles Barron has become known for his frequent digs against Jefferson, and he testified at the hearing.

"I think it should be put in storage somewhere, destroyed or whatever," Barron testified. "He was a slave-owning pedophile… who should not be honored with a statue."

Barron was referring to Jefferson's sexual relationship with the slave Sally Heming, which began when Jefferson was about 44 and Heming was about 14.