Making The Mothers of Gynecology

Art, History, and Conversation.

Anarcha, Lucy, and Betsey were enslaved women from plantations in and around Montgomery, Alabama. With neither consent nor anesthesia, they were experimented on by Dr. J. Marion Sims in the 1840s. After publishing the results of his “success,” Sims moved to New York to seek fame and fortune. Within a decade, he became known as the Father of Gynecology.  By contrast, Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy fell into history. They changed the world, only to be forgotten by it. In this session, the artist and creator of The Mothers of Gynecology Memorial in Montgomery, Alabama will share insight into the 15-foot public monument created to honor these women, tell their story, and shine a light on ongoing racial disparities in the healthcare industry today.