Posted on June 12, 2023

Residents React to General Philip Schuyler Statue Taken Down

Tessa Bentulan, WNYT, June 11, 2023

Going past Albany City Hall looks different now; a blue tarp covers where General Philip Schuyler’s statue stood for nearly 100 years.

Some people like the change. One woman even called the removal of the statue a monumental moment.

“It feels good,” Melissa Dupin said, who lives in the Capital Region. “The people have been listened to {snip}”

“I’m just happy it got taken down if the history behind it is not something that should be celebrated,” Jack Taylor said.


Removing the Schuyler statue has been in the works for several years. During the pandemic, a teen program with the Underground Railroad Education Center was called by Mayor Kathy Sheehan.

Sheehan posed the question: what to do with Phil?

Mary Liz Stewart is the Executive Director and Co-founder of the education center.


“One of the things that were very important for the teens about moving the Schuyler statue was the fact that, from their perspective, city hall should be a place that’s welcoming to everybody in the community, and it was hard to say that was the case with Phil standing there,” Stewart said.