Roosevelt statue vandalized outside Museum of Natural History: police

Manhattan
Theodore Roosevelt statue vandalized outside Museum of Natural History

A statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History was vandalized overnight on Oct. 6, 2021, police say.

UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — The famous statue of former President Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum of Natural History was vandalized overnight, according to police.

Around midnight, two individuals spray painted red paint on the statue along Central Park West on the Upper West Side, the NYPD said Wednesday morning.

The stain of the red paint could be seen dripping down the base of the large statue early Wednesday.

Authorities said they were looking for a possible female suspect wearing black, and a male suspect wearing a bright green traffic vest.

The recognizable landmark has been the center of debate in recent years.

Theodore Roosevelt statue vandalized outside Museum of Natural History
A statue of Theodore Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History was vandalized overnight on Oct. 6, 2021, police say.

Back in June 2020, the museum said it planned to remove the statue, amid a reignited racial justice movement in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor

The statue has been criticized for symbolizing colonial expansion and racial discrimination.

The statue depicts Roosevelt on horseback with a Native American man and an African man on either side of him.

At the time, dozens rallied in an effort to save the statue.

The fate of the controversial sculpture is still unclear.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Manhattan Videos

Local pediatrician prepares for vaccine rollout for kids 5 to 11

Deli worker fatally stabbed by customer in East Harlem: NYPD

Deli worker fatally stabbed at East Harlem store: NYPD

How The Center serves NYC's LGBTQ community

Manhattan borough president talks plan of action amid crime, homelessness

Delivery man slain in Manhattan supported devastated family in Bangladesh

More Manhattan

Crime

Shootout outside Bronx elementary school amid NYC youth gun violence crisis

Pickup truck fleeing police slams into car, killing driver, near Long Island Expressway

Deli worker fatally stabbed by customer in East Harlem: NYPD

Deli worker fatally stabbed at East Harlem store: NYPD

‘God rest the man's soul’: Neighbors shocked after 81-year-old found dead in NJ home

More Crime

Connect with PIX11 Online

Connect with PIX11 Online

Trending Stories

Don't Miss

@PIX11News on Twitter