On Monday, city officials voted to have the New York Public Design Commission remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from New York City Hall.

According to The New York Times, the removal was due to concerns raised by some Black and Latino Council members about Jefferson’s ownership of slaves. The discussion gained traction over the past year as the country has taken into account other monuments that reflected similar messages.

“We’re not being revisionist. We’re not waging a war on history,” Inez Barron said during a public meeting. “We’re saying that we want to make sure the whole story is told—that there are no half-truths and that we are not perpetrating lies.”

“We started this battle 20 years ago,” said assemblyman Charles Barron. “And the only reason why they’re coming up with it now is because people are looking at deeper systemic problems in this system and calling for radical systemic change.”

“[The statue] was, and still is, one of the most prominent figures in the entire room—no matter where you’re sitting or standing, everyone inevitably sees the statue upon entering the chambers,” said Adrienne Adams, councilwoman and co-chair of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. “It’s thanks to Thomas Jefferson that we hold dear certain unalienable rights; among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Yet, as a lawmaker, and perhaps more importantly as an African American woman, I cannot help but think about the other part of his legacy not talked about enough,” she continued. “Thomas Jefferson was a slaveholder who owned over 600 human beings.”

“We need to confront and understand the whole picture, and that includes the legacy of Thomas Jefferson,” Adams finished.

The statue by Pierre-Jean David D’Angers has been in City Hall since 1834, and after moving to various locations in the building, it eventually ended up in the main chamber, where it has remained since 1915.

No decision was reached as to the new location of the statue. The two options being decided between were to either move the statue to a less prominent location in City Hall, or give the statue to the New-York Historical Society. Although the plan is to come to a decision regarding the statue’s final destination by the end of 2021, it was agreed that the statue would be removed from its current location in City Hall.

“”The bottom line is that there is no educational purpose for the statue to be in City Hall chambers,” Adams said.

Original Article: New York City Council to Remove Thomas Jefferson Statue Due to His History as a Slaveowner