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Monument honors 'Mothers of Gynecology'

<em>Illustration of Dr. J. Marion Sims with Anarcha by Robert Thom. Courtesy of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Pearson Museum. </em>
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<em>Illustration of Dr. J. Marion Sims with Anarcha by Robert Thom. Courtesy of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Pearson Museum. </em>

A new monument is being showcased in Montgomery. It pays tribute to three important Black women from Alabama’s history.

The monument honors three enslaved Black women who were subjected to experimental surgery by a 19th century physician.

Al.com reports that the statues of Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey were unveiled over the weekend.

They were three of a group of Black women Dr. J. Marion Sims operated on in Montgomery. Sims is regarded as a pioneer in the field of gynecology. However, he also conducted experimental surgery without anesthesia on enslaved African-American women.

The monument recognizes the three women’s role in advancing women’s health. It is located at the More Up campus on Mildred Street in Montgomery.

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