If there were ever a statue erected that should be taken down in the City of New York, removed, and decerebrated, it would be Dr. Marion Sims’ statue.
Through the physician’s diary and notes, written in his handwriting, he kept meticulous records on the surgeries he performed on black women under the guise of medical procedures. Gynecological Experimental Surgeries, and in particular, patients Betsy, Anarcha, and Lucy.
The following taken from Dr. Sims notebooks and history recaptured. “Today, we know three of the names of the female fistula patients from Sims’s owns records—Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey. The first one he operated on was 18-year-old Lucy, who had given birth a few months prior and hadn’t been able to control her bladder since. During the procedure, patients were completely naked and asked to perch on their knees and bend forward onto their elbows, so their heads rested on their hands. Lucy endured an hour-long surgery, screaming and crying out in pain, as nearly a dozen other doctors watched. As Sims later wrote, “Lucy’s agony was extreme.” She became extremely ill due to his controversial use of a sponge to drain the urine away from the bladder, which led her to contract blood poisoning. “I thought she was going to die…it took Lucy two or three months to recover entirely from the effects of the operation,” he wrote.
Dr. Sims performed the surgeries on the black slave women without anesthesia, during surgery or medication for the pain after surgery. This cruel, unethical, and murderous treatment of women has left a pain in my heart as I cannot remove the nightmarish screams I hear in my dreams as my mind replays each surgery over-and-over again with no relief from the pain. I reread the snippets hoping it will change the results of their surgeries, but the outcome remains the same.
Calvin Alexander Ramsey, a Playwright, and Author, known for many plays on stage today where Ramsey has brought back to life and script, history never before exposed to the stage that enlightens our sensitivities to unjust treatment passed over today of mishaps and unfair happenings of yesterday.
Damaged Virtues – The story of Betsey, Anarcha, and Lucy, three slave women under the knife of Dr. J. Marion Sims over and over again. Dr. Marion Sims, better known as the “Father of Modern Gynecology.” This new play, written by Calvin Ramsey, will be on stage in New York City, at the National Black Theatre on November 28, 2018. The theatre is located at 2031 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10035. This play is a must on your list of November Events. DON’T MISS!
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Other Calvin Alexander Ramsey Genius:
The ‘Green Book’ Legacy, a Beacon for Black Travelers. (Black America’s Underground Guide to Escaping the Jim Crow South,) Book and Stage Play.
Belle, the Last Mule at Gee’s Bend (Book, beautifully illustrated.
Canada Lee, a play about an African-American actor who was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, forming a friendship with a Jewish actor John Garfield.
Sister Soldier, Challenges, and hardships that faced African American people during World War II while in the Army.
Enlightenment, A correlation between Dr. Carter G. Woodson and Tupac Shakur.
Somewhere in My Lifetime, a beautiful, romantic musical stage play.
Bricktop, This musical entails three friendships, Ada “Bricktop” Smith, Alberta Hunter, and Mabel Mercer. The play covers Chicago, Paris, New York City, Mexico City and Rome. Co-Author – Tom Jones
Many more delightful plays in his repertoire.
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Sign the PETITION TO HAVE DR. MARION SIMS STATUE REMOVED FROM THE CITY OF NEW YORK!
See the play "Damaged Virtues" November 28, 2017, in New York at the Black Theatre, on 5th Avenue in Harlem.