CHICAGO: The Mothers of Gynecology: Anarcha, Lucy & Betsey Day is this Sunday, February 28th

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Dear Friend,
I AM MORE THAN…ART ON THE SQUARE, a racial justice organization with many community partners, is pleased to announce a socially distanced event to honor the Mothers of Gynecology with an official “Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey Day” in Montgomery, Alabama. A City Proclamation will be presented by Mayor Steven Reed and Representative Kirk Hatcher to recognize and say aloud the names of three of the women experimented on by Dr. James Marion Sims.
February 28 to March 1 is the convergence of Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey Day honor the eleven Alabama women who were experimented on with neither consent nor anesthesia by the so-called “Father of Gynecology,” Dr. J. Marion Sims. EVERY woman across the globe who has benefitted from the discipline of modern women’s health owes a debt to the sacrifice and suffering of these brave women.
On Sunday, February 28, 2021, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, I AM MORE THAN will host live art and music at One Court Square. This will be followed by a walking tour to J. Marion Sims’s office and hospital on 33 South Perry Street. We will lay flowers at the site where Sims carried out countless experiments on enslaved African men, women, and children.
On Monday, March 1, 2021, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, I AM MORE THAN and community partners will invite the community to donate brass or metal objects to be incorporated into the public art statue that will honor the Mothers of Gynecology. Shirts and bricks can be purchased to support the erecting of the sculpture, and a groundbreaking for the statue will be held on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021.
Michelle Browder
The More Up Campus
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Michelle Browder stands in front of a statue of J. Marion Sims in Montgomery, Ala. Alongside artists and activists, Browder recently unveiled plans to honor three women subjected to Sims exploitation: Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy will be memorialized as “the mothers of gynecology” with a 15-foot public monument in downtown Montgomery. Photos by Lynsey Weatherspoon for PIH
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Informed decision-making was not an option for the enslaved women J. Marion Sims ruthlessly experimented on. But Michelle Browder, a social justice entrepreneur and local tour guide who also works with kids in underserved communities, is trying to subvert the narrative that elevated Sims to be “the father of gynecology.” Alongside artists and activists, Browder recently unveiled plans to honor three women subjected to Sims exploitation: Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy will be memorialized as “the mothers of gynecology,” with a 15-foot public monument in downtown Montgomery. The goal, Browder says, is to tell these women’s stories and “shine a light on ongoing racial disparities in the health care industry today.” Read the entire Partners in Health piece here.
Ways to help
Purchase a brick to honor a loved one. The bricks will be placed in the garden area surrounding the Anarcha, Lucy and Betsey monument.
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