Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt

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Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt
Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt.jpg
Artist James Earle Fraser
Year 1939
Type Bronze
Dimensions 300 cm × 218 cm × 450 cm (10 ft × 7 ft 2 in × 14 ft 9 in)
Location Manhattan, United States
Coordinates 40°46′51.01″N 73°58′22.21″W / 40.7808361°N 73.9728361°W / 40.7808361; -73.9728361Coordinates: 40°46′51.01″N 73°58′22.21″W / 40.7808361°N 73.9728361°W / 40.7808361; -73.9728361

Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt is a bronze sculpture by James Earle Fraser.[1] It is located at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City. The equestrian statue depicts Theodore Roosevelt on horseback. Standing to either side of him are an American Indian and an African American.

History

It was dedicated on October 27, 1940. Cast by Gorham Manufacturing Company, Providence, RI.

The inscription reads:
(On rear of sculpture:)
J E FRASER SC 1939
(On front of base:)
THEODORE ROOSEVELT
1858-1919
(On left side of base:)
GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK
1899 1901
(On right side of base:)
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
1901 1909 signed

James Loewen argues in Lies Across America that the statue was erected when the museum was openly racist, and that the arrangement of the figures is meant to advocate white supremacy.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt, (sculpture)". SIRIS
  2. ^ Loewen, James (1999). Lie Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. p. 45. ISBN 1-56584-344-4. 
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