Updated: June 11, 2020 05:10 PM
Created: June 11, 2020 04:22 PM
The statue of Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler will be removed from in front of Albany City Hall.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed an executive order Thursday afternoon ordering the statue be taken down, stating Schuyler, a prominent figure in the Revolutionary War, was also the largest owner of enslaved people in Albany.
The statue will be given to a museum to be determined later.
Sheehan stated in her order that scores of community members have reached out asking for the removal of the statue. The mayor added that, "now is the time to act and confront the unfortunate history of our nation."
I have signed an Executive Order directing the removal of the statue honoring Maj. Gen. Philip Schuyler – reportedly the largest owner of enslaved people in Albany during his time – from in front of Albany City Hall. pic.twitter.com/OYkLNXlinW— Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan (@MayorSheehan) June 11, 2020
The statue was dedicated in front of Albany City Hall in 1925.
Schuyler became a United States senator from New York after the war. His daughter Elizabeth married Alexander Hamilton.
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