Prevent the removal of the historic Theodore Roosevelt statue in front of the AMNH.
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The statue of Theodore Roosevelt was designed by the iconic artist James Earle Fraser within the year 1939. Fraser was an iconic sculptor, who studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. Many iconic sculptures in NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and elsewhere were designed by Fraser. This statue of the former president Theodore Roosevelt, which stands in front of the triumphal arch of the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West represents Theodore Roosevelt’s contributions to the AMNH, to the conservationist movement which resulted in the creation of the national parks, and to science. As the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt went against racism by inviting Booker T. Washington to the White House. This was the first time in history that an African American was a guest within the White House. Under Theodore Roosevelt, the United States took control of the construction of the Panama Canal within the year 1904. After the canal’s completion within 1914, trade between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans became easier in which less time was needed for travel. This statue is a piece of history which has greeted visitors since its dedication within the year 1940. Legally, the American Museum of Natural History is designated a NYC Landmark is a protected under the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. When a landmark receives landmark status, any alteration requires approval by the NYC landmark committee. I regret that the decision by the mayor of NYC would allow this historic piece of academic art to be torn down. I ask that this decision becomes reversed in order for this historic landmark to be preserved for years to come.
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