A statue of US President Thomas Jefferson has been removed from New York City Hall over his links to the slave trade.
The 1833 sculpture has been in the New York City Council chamber for more than a century but has now been taken down following a vote last month.
The New York City Public Design Commission decided to dismantle the 7ft bronze statue, after reassessing the legacy of the founding father, who was also a slaveholder.
Renewed calls to remove the statue came after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last year.
Jefferson is the third US President and also appears on the two-dollar bill and Mount Rushmore.
He was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, writing “all men are created equal”, but he enslaved more than 600 people and fathered at least six children with Sally Hemings, a woman he enslaved.
“Jefferson embodied some of the most shameful parts of our country’s long and nuanced history,” Adrienne Adams, co… (Read more)