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Thomas Jefferson statue removed from City Hall after 187 years

Thomas Jefferson statue removed from City Hall after 187 years | 22 Nov 2021 | Thomas Jefferson is no longer in the room where it happens. Art handlers packed up an 884-pound statue of Jefferson in a wooden crate Monday after a mayoral commission voted to banish the likeness of the nation's third president from City Hall where its resided for nearly two centuries -- because he owned slaves. About a dozen workers with Marshall Fine Arts spent several hours carefully removing the painted plaster monument from its pedestal inside the City Council chambers and surrounding it with sections of foam and wooden boards. They then lowered the massive structure down the stairs leading to the building's first-floor rotunda with a pulley system and ushered the Founding Father out the back door.