The public can register to see the new J. Marion Sims mural by artist Montgomery

The public will have their first chance on Saturday to see a provocative new fresco focused on the legacy of J. Marion Sims by artist Michelle Browder of Mothers of Gynecology. But it’s a limited exhibit with pre-registration required – and no photography is allowed.

It will include light appetizers at Cucos in downtown Montgomery and presentations by historians Dierdre Cooper Owens, Thaddeus Davis and Tonya Wideman Davis. Participants will then have the chance to enter a truck containing a moving gallery featuring the mural at the site where Sims experimented on slaves, 33 South Perry St.

People can register for the event by emailing [email protected] The deadline for RSVP is Saturday noon.

Browder said she plans to hold further limited public screenings inside the mobile gallery over the next month ahead of a wider public reveal and discussion of her expansion plans.

His Park of gynecology mothers at 17 Mildred St. features sculptures of Lucy, Anarcha and Betsey, three enslaved women who endured dozens of experiments at the hands of Sims. A statue of Sims remains on the grounds of the State Capitol a few blocks away, recognizing him as “the father of modern gynecology.” Sims work has since been discredited by scholarsbut the statue is protected from tampering by the state landmarks law.

Browder plans to advertise future mural screenings on its site, anarchalucybetsey.org.

Brad Harper covers business and local government for the Montgomery Advertiser. Contact him at[email protected]

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