ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A preservation board has approved the removal of racially insensitive artwork from a 111-year-old publicly owned carousel in western New York.
The Rochester Preservation Board unanimously voted Wednesday to remove the image from the Dentzel Carousel located at Ontario Beach Park. One of the carousel's 18 painted panels depicts two black children in a crude, exaggerated style common to the Jim Crow era.
Activists have been pushing city officials to remove the offensive image from the carousel, which is owned by the city but managed and operated by Monroe County.
Rochester officials had said any changes to the carousel would have to be approved by the city's preservation board.
Officials say the Rochester Museum and Science Center will remove the panel and ensure that it's properly preserved.