Doctor Who Mutilated and Tortured Black Women Honored Around America

A Painting by Robert Thom, part of the Great Moments in Medicine series representing Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey, three slaves Sims operated upon.
A state health department building in Columbia, South Carolina, bears Sims’ name. [ Image Credit: Michael Pronzato ]
The Monument to James Marion Sims at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, SC. [ Image by Billy Hathorn ]
A Monument in New York City’s Central Park was removed only after Black Women protested.

“That was before the days of anesthetics, and the poor girl [Lucy], on her knees, bore the operation with great heroism and bravery. I had about a dozen doctors there to witness the series of experiments I expected to perform… At the end of five days [Lucy] was very ill. She had fever, frequent pulse, and real blood-poisoning, but we did not know what to call it at that day and time.”

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