The statue of President Theodore Roosevelt which has stood at the entrance of the Natural History Museum in Manhattan since 1940 will be removed as protests over racial equality continue to rage in America.
The statue depicts the 26th president of the United States on horseback, flanked by a Native American and an African American.
The Natural History Museum's president, Ellen Futter, said:
"Over the last few weeks, our museum community has been profoundly moved by the ever-widening movement for racial justice that has emerged after the killing of George Floyd. We have watched as the attention of the world and the country has increasingly turned to statues as powerful and hurtful symbols of systemic racism. Simply put, the time has come to move it."
? Roosevelt, along with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Thomas Jefferson, also adorns Mount Rushmore.
A 2017 survey of 100 historians and biographers ranked Teddy Roosevelt the fourth best president in U.S. history.