The New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously to relocate the 188-year-old statue, located in the building’s City Council chambers. The move is the result of a years-long debate stemming from the fact that the former president was a slave owner.
In June, members of City Council, including Council Speaker Corey Johnson, penned a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calling for the statue’s removal.
“There are disturbing images of divisiveness and racism in our City that need to be revisited immediately,” the letter reads, according to NBC News. “That starts with City Hall.”
de Blasio on Thursday during a press briefing told reporters he understood why Jefferson’s past “profoundly bothers people, and why they find it’s something that can’t be ignored.”
The effort to remove the statue was spurred by Assemblymen Charles Barron and his wife, Councilwoman Inez Barron.
“When we remove this statue, we’re making a right step in erasing the honoring of those who raped,” Charles Barron said, according to CBS New York.
Inez Barron echoed a similar sentiment, insisting the two are “not being revisionist.”
She added, “We’re not waging a war on history. We’re say…