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American Museum of Natural History to remove Teddy Roosevelt statue

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    The statue outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York shows Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American man and an African man. American Museum of Natural History to remove Teddy Roosevelt statue
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A bronze statue of former US President Theodore Roosevelt is to be removed amid an ongoing backlash against symbols of racial bias and imperialism.

The American Museum of Natural History in New York City will remove a statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt from outside its main entrance.

The statue outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York shows Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American man and an African man.

A great-grandson of the president agreed with the removal, saying it did not reflect Roosevelt's legacy.

But President Donald Trump tweeted: "Ridiculous, don't do it!"

There has been a heated debate in the United States over the appropriateness of certain statues and commemorations since the death in police custody of African American George Floyd.

Symbols linked to the US Confederacy, which supported slavery, and imperial acquisition, such as Christopher Columbus, have been particularly targeted in the US.

But the anti-statue campaign, arising from the Black Lives Matter movement, has spread globally, with monuments targeted in a number of countries.

The statue has stood outside the museum's Central Park West entrance since 1940.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday: "The museum has asked to remove the Theodore Roosevelt statue because it explicitly depicts black and indigenous people as subjugated and racially inferior."

He said he backed the decision, adding it was "the right time to remove this problematic statue".

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The move, announced on Sunday, follows incidents across the US in which statues of Confederate generals and leaders and other historical figures linked to slavery and the dispossession of indigenous Americans have been forcibly removed or destroyed.

In San Francisco on Friday a statue of another president, Ulysses S Grant, was among monuments pulled down in Golden Gate Park. Grant led Union armies to victory in the civil war and as president fought the Ku Klux Klan.  But before defeating the slave-owning Confederacy I have married into a slave-owning family and briefly owned a slave himself.