Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has simply three months left in workplace, is quietly banishing a statue of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson from City Hall’s council chambers — the place it has resided for the previous 187 years, The Post has discovered.
The metropolis’s Public Design Commission — comprised of mayoral appointees — has listed “the long term loan” of the 1833 bronze solid of the Declaration of Independence writer to the New-York Historical Society on its “consent” agenda for Monday.
The consent designation means the historic statue’s elimination will not be scheduled for public debate. The 11-member design fee will vote on de Blasio’s Jefferson exile after reviewing public feedback, a City Hall spokesman stated.
Meanwhile, a duplicate of the statue by sculptor Pierre-Jean David continues to be on show within the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.
The phrases of the mortgage to the historic society for the Jefferson, which was gifted to City Hall by naval officer and Jefferson admirer Uriah Phillips Levy in 1834, are nonetheless being negotiated. But Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens), who’s been pushing as well Jefferson, stated the mortgage is “indefinite.”
Miller stated he expects the statue to be passed by Oct. 21, the City Council’s subsequent body-wide assembly.
At least one council member wasn’t happy with Jefferson’s banishment.
“The de Blasio administration will continue the progressive war on history as he, himself, fades away into a portrait on a City Hall wall,” Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) instructed The Post.
“I hope he is at least gone a couple hundred years before someone cancels him,” Borelli stated.
Reps for the historic society didn’t instantly return requests for remark.
“The city would still own the plaster model, and the historical society would include it in educational exhibits and provide valuable historical context,” a mayoral spokesman stated.
The deliberate transfer comes after the mayor charged his spouse, first girl Chirlane McCray, with deciding the sculpture’s destiny as head of the Commission on Racial Justice and Reconciliation.
Her appointment got here in June 2020 — following George Floyd’s loss of life by the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and a day after a number of City Council members requested the mayor to take away Jefferson’s likeness from the council chambers as a result of the nation’s third president owned slaves.
“There’s so much about Thomas Jefferson and his own personal writings, memoirs about how he treated his slaves, his family members and things of that nature and how he perceived African Americans and slaves — that they lacked intelligence, that they were not to assimilate into society,” Miller instructed The Post.
“For us to really highlight such an individual is really not who we are as a council,” Miller stated.