Vinnie Bagwell’s sculpture “Victory” will instead replace the removed monument to J. Marion Sims, a gynecologist who performed brutal experiments on enslaved women in the 19th century.
“We Feel Very Betrayed”: Community Protests Replacement for J. Marion Sims Monument
Local stakeholders from the Beyond Sims Committee objected to a vote by a panel of judges appointed by New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs.
Simone Leigh, Wangechi Mutu, Kehinde Wiley, and Vinnie Bagwell In the Running for New Central Park Memorial
The artists were selected as finalists to replace a statue of J. Marion Sims, a 19th-century doctor who conducted violent surgeries on enslaved Black women.