The Mothers of Gynecology – An Amazing Sculpture

This beautiful sculpture created by artist Michelle Browder honors three of the enslaved women who were used by the man called the “Father of Gynecology”  without anesthesia (or consent) to test his theories for a procedure to repair fistula, a severe complication from an obstructed childbirth.  Each figure in the monument is named for one of the few that history has recorded a name for: Lucy, Anarcha and Betsy:

NPR did a story on the artist and the monument when it was unveiled a couple of years ago.  The monument link is and if interested in hearing the NPR story the link is .