News J. Marion Sims statue in Central Park moved to Green-Wood cemetery Sims was a 19th-century doctor who experimented on slaves, historians say. The Dr. J. Marion Sims statue in Central Park was moved Tuesday to Green-Wood cemetery. Photo Credit: Charles Eckert By Nicole Brown [email protected] @ncb417 Updated April 17, 2018 5:44 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email The statue of Dr. James Marion Sims, a 19th-century doctor who experimented on slaves, was moved Tuesday morning from Central Park to Green-Wood cemetery in Brooklyn, where the controversial physician is buried. The decision to move the statue from Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street was made following recommendations from a mayoral panel that reviewed statues and monuments throughout the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio established the panel in August 2017 after violent white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the planned removal of a Robert E. Lee monument. Sims is considered the father of gynecology by many, but he made his advancements by experimenting on enslaved African-American women without using anesthesia, historians say. “In its current location, the Sims monument has come to represent a legacy of oppressive and abusive practices on bodies that were seen as subjugated, subordinate, and exploitable in service to his fame,” the panel wrote in a report released in January. De Blasio, while speaking at an unrelated event Tuesday afternoon, said Sims’ history is complicated, but moving the statue was “a fair way to address a thorny situation.” The issue is “very complex; it’s not pretty, it’s in some ways pretty painful, but it’s not just one side or the other side,” de Blasio said. “I think this is something that needs to be done moving forward. . .to show all the history.” The Sims statue is the only monument in the city that the commission recommended to move. It will be kept in storage at Green-Wood until the cemetery constructs a historical display, which will put Sims’ work into context and be placed near his grave site, a spokeswoman for the cemetery said. “Placing the sculpture near his grave site is not meant to glorify him,” the president of Green-Wood, Richard J. Moylan, said in a statement. “Rather, it is a visual focal point that will bring attention to a factual display that Green-Wood will build to document Sims’ story including his shameful experimentation on enslaved women in the South between 1845 and 1849. “As a National Historic Landmark, the responsibility to preserve this history, and not to whitewash it, is something Green-Wood takes very seriously.” A temporary sign will be placed at the Central Park site where the statue was until the city decides what to put in its place, officials said. With Ivan Pereira By Nicole Brown [email protected] @ncb417 Nicole Brown is the Internet News Manager at amNY.com, covering local news since 2016. She has written for MSNBC.com and was editor-in-chief of NYU’s Washington Square News. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Coalition seeks landmark status for Columbus statueThe groups want to prevent any alterations to the explorer's monument. J. Marion Sims statue has complicated historySims should be judged by medical ethics at a time when slavery was legal, says one physician. What constitutes a 'symbol of hate'?The city's review of statues and monuments for "symbols of hate" could be never-ending, experts say. Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.