Artist Addresses the Hidden Horror of Dr. Sims

The statue of Dr. Sims in East Harlem being removed from 5th Avenue/Central Park

Bloomberg has an article on a new artwork in Montgomery: The Mothers of Gynecology, and the artist and activist Michelle Browder who created this sculpture to challenge and refute the legacy of Dr. Sims.

The Mothers of Gynecology

Browder’s monument honoring the “Mothers of Gynecology” — Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey, enslaved girls who underwent dozens of vaginal procedures by Sims – not only addresses the racist and torturous legacy of Dr. Sims, but also a painting from 1952 that portrayed Dr. Sims.

The painting by Robert Thom made Browder want to understand the women forced to endure Sims’s experiments. While in the painting, the physician is depicted with a benevolent bearing as he inspects his patient; in the background, two Black women cower behind a curtain. The painter inflates the likely age of the ladies: Anarcha was thought to be 17 when she was treated by Sims. And there’s no sign of the restraints that would be used in place of anesthesia or other numbing techniques.

The artist, Michelle Browder

To see the full Bloomberg story:

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-05-10/forging-a-memorial-to-the-forgotten-mothers-of-gynecology

Scholarship From MMPCIA For College-Bound Seniors

The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association is proud to announce the enrollment period for the 2022 MMPCIA Scholarship Program 
All college-bound Harlem high school seniors who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply. Please visit the following link: 
Scholarship Application  
Deadline for completed applications is June 30th.
Please spread the word to the Harlem high school seniors you know! 
MMPCIA Education CommitteeDetails:The Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association (MMPCIA) $4,000 Scholarship Award began as a way of honoring college-bound Harlem high school seniors who live in Greater Mount Morris Park/Central Harlem Community from 110th to 135th Streets between Morningside and Third Avenues.
The scholarship is awarded in the amount of $1,000 annually for four consecutive years as long as students remain in school full time.
For additional information go to MMPCIA.ORG
or send inquiries to [email protected]

Puerto Rican Pride Parade on June 12th

Show your Puerto Rican pride and march on June 12 in the 65th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade.

NEW YORK – JUNE 13: Spectators watch the ninth annual Puerto Rican Day Parade pass by June 13, 2004 in New York City. Tens of thousands of people lined Fifth Avenue for the parade. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

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