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NYC Panel Wants Your Opinions on City Monuments

A New York City panel is looking for input from the public on some of the city's historic monuments, markers and and public art installations.

The city's commission on public art, monuments and markers released a survey on Thursday in an attempt to gauge which installations New Yorkers find important and which ones are oppressive or inconsistent with the values of the city. 

New Yorkers interested in taking the seven-question survey should visit the city's web page for the monuments commission by Nov. 26. Surveys are also being mailed to residents and should be completed within 30 days of receipt. 

The 18-member panel was convened by Mayor de Blasio in September amid protests over Confederate monuments in cities around the country.

Some in New York City have called for the removal of a statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims, who operated on enslaved black women without their informed consent.

Others say the towering statue of Columbus donated to the city in 1892 should go.

The advisory panel is co-chaired by Ford Foundation President Darren Walker and the city's commissioner of cultural affairs, Tom Finkelpearl.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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