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Johnson, several council members demand removal of Jefferson statue from City Hall

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Posted at 7:10 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 19:10:24-04

NEW YORK — Council Speaker Corey Johnson is leading a delegation of New York City Council members calling for the removal of the Thomas Jefferson statue in the council chambers in City Hall.

Other members of the council calling for the statue's removal are Councilmember Debi Rose, Councilmember Inez Barron and Councilmembers Adrienne Adams and I. Daneek Miller, who are co-chairs of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC)

"The Chambers are a place where the Council votes on bills to improve the lives of all New Yorkers and build a more just city," the members said in a statement. "The statue of this well-known slave owner is a reminder of the injustices that have plagued communities of color since the inception of our country. In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Council requests support for removal of the statue."

This comes amid a debate over policing and racial injustice in America spurred on by the killing of George Floyd. Several statues and landmarks in the city have been called for name changes or removals.