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Race, Reproduction and Dismantling the Legacy of Marions Sims

  • Weeksville Heritage Center 158 Buffalo Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11213 United States (map)
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Join us for a discussion on public monuments and symbolic justice which will focus on the events leading to removal of the Marion Sims statue to Greenwood Cemetery, the violence of the racialized history of gynecology in the United States, debates about public monuments and its symbolic/artistic interpretations.  The panel discussion will look at the changing legacy of the three known enslaved women: Anarcha Weston, Lucy, and Betsey that were experimented on by Dr. J Marion Sims and the future recognition of these women, as well as  J. Marion Sims whose statue has recently been interred at the Greenwood Cemetery. 

We have invited Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, artist Doreen Garner, and activist Jewel Cadet, with scholar Nicole Ivy as the moderator to lead the evening's community conversation.


Nicole Ivy, Ph.D., Professor At Yale University

Deidre Cooper, Ph.D., Author of Medical Bondage: Race, Gender and the Origins of American Gynecology  

Jewel Cadet, Activist and Associate Director of Programs

Doreen Garner, Artist with recently a mounted exhibition at Pioneer works “White Man on a Pedestal”