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J. Marion Sims statue in East Harlem (Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim, Creative Commons license)

Sims Statue Relocation Sparks Letter-Writing Campaign

Brooklyn, History January 26, 2018 at 3:18 pm

In letters to the president of Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn residents railed against the decision to move the statue of J. Marion Sims to the site after Brooklyn Paper reported that the move came at his request.

On August 26, 2017 an unknown vandal spray-painted ‘racist’ on the back of the Sims statue and splashed red paint over his face.

Opinion: J. Marion Sims – Keeping White Supremacy on Its Pedestal

Black, History, Manhattan, Opinion, Women January 25, 2018 at 1:50 pm

A piece in Virtual Boricua describes the city’s failure to remove altogether the state of J. Marion Sims as an “unacceptable insult to the East Harlem community.”

This statue of J. Marion Sims, who operated on black women slaves without anesthesia, will be moving from Central Park to Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery following outcry about Sims’ historical legacy. (Photo courtesy of the NYC Parks Department via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

City to Relocate Statue of Controversial Doctor

Brooklyn, History January 17, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports on the relocation to the borough of the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, the only city monument to be moved.

"The Irish Remedy – Emigration To America," 1898. (Illustration via The New York Public Library Digital Collections)

‘Trump Would Have Turned Away the Famine Irish Just Like the Salvadorans’

History, Immigration, Opinion, Western European January 12, 2018 at 1:52 pm

An Irish Central column compares the plight of 19th century Irish immigrants to that of Salvadorans today.

(Photo via BAM website)

MLK Events Planned for NYC

African American, History, New York January 11, 2018 at 4:04 pm

Community media outlets report on a number of events commemorating Martin Luther King scheduled for Monday, Jan. 15.

(Photo via The Wave)

The Wave Marks 125 Years

Brooklyn, History, Media January 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm

In a story on its 125th year, The Wave describes the tragedy in 1892 that led to its inaugural issue, and a more recent disaster that caused it to stop publishing for the first time in more than a century.

(Image via Greek News)

Minoan Art – Restored or Reconstituted?

Culture, History, Western European December 8, 2017 at 3:37 pm

An exhibit and book explore the ways in which Minoan art was “reconstituted,” reports Greek News.

At the memorial services for victims of the Holodomor on Nov. 18. (Photo by Irena Reyant-Saviano)

Victims of Holodomor in Ukraine Remembered

Eastern European, History, Manhattan December 1, 2017 at 5:05 pm

Ukrainians in NYC marked the death of millions in 1932-33, reports Svoboda.

(Photo by Mark Hallum via Times Ledger)

Action on a Queens Burial Ground?

African American, History, Queens December 1, 2017 at 4:57 pm

Times Ledger reports on the prospects for a restoration of Old Towne Burial Ground in Flushing.

Souksavat Soukhaseum (Photo via New York Jewish Life)

The Future of a Century-Old Flushing Synagogue

History, Jewish, Queens November 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm

New York Jewish Life describes how the century-old Free Synagogue of Flushing is “experiencing a renaissance.”

Period photos (Courtesy of Weeksville Heritage Center, via Bklyner)

African-American Culture, Past and Present, at Weeksville

African American, Brooklyn, History November 1, 2017 at 3:58 pm

Weeksville Heritage Center offers a window on African-American history in Brooklyn, as well as events related to current events, reports Bklyner.

Ghost of the White Deer by Jeremy Dennis (Image via the Easthampton Star)

A Shinnecock Artist’s Exhibit on LI

Culture, History, Long Island, Native American October 31, 2017 at 3:57 pm

A young artist of the Shinnecock Nation is “illuminating indigenous mythology” on Long Island, writes The East Hampton Star.

Fraunces Tavern Museum (Photo by Magdalena Mazurek via Nowy Dziennik)

Kosciuszko at the Fraunces Tavern Museum

Eastern European, History, Manhattan October 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm

A discussion on Polish-American hero and freedom fighter Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko, who joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, will be held at the Fraunces Tavern Museum on Oct. 26, reports Nowy Dziennik.

HUB street festival circa 1980 (Photo courtesy of Joe Conzo)

‘Born in the Bronx’ – Joe Conzo’s Life, Story and Business

Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts, History, Puerto Rican October 17, 2017 at 4:48 pm

Joe Conzo Jr.’s photos captured an era in the South Bronx. Conzo talked about his work, the borough, and the business of photography in an interview.

Paper Sculptures: Tackling the Golden Venture through Art

Paper Sculptures: Tackling the Golden Venture through Art

Culture, East Asian, History, Immigration October 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Sing Tao Daily looks at how paper sculptures made some 20 years ago by the passengers of the Golden Venture, now on display at the Museum of Chinese in America, continue to be relevant today.