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Mothers of Gynecology Monument

The Mothers of Gynecology Monument by Michelle L. Browder(with Deborah Shedrick and a team of artists) was installed in Montgomery, Alabama, in September 2021, found metal objects, roughly 11 feet high. The statues depict Anarcha, Betsey, and Lucy, three women who went under Sims’s knife in a ramshackle structure he grandiosely called the “Negro Hospital(Photo#9)”, BEST OF PUBLIC ART 2021.

ABOUT Michelle L. Browder

Michelle Browder is an activist, organizer, artist, and the founder of I Am More Than, an arts-based social enterprise company for local youth in Montgomery, Alabama. Through I Am More Than, Browder runs More Than Tours, which provides educational and interactive tours to students and tourists exposing the rich and haunting history of Montgomery. Browder has been awarded with The Montgomery Advertiser’s Community Hero Award, as well as a Rising Star in Tourism Award. Browder and More Than Tours have been featured on/in the PBS NewsHour, The Today Show, National Geographic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, among many other outlets. Her paintings have been commissioned by the likes of Tyler Perry and Denzel Washington, and are featured at the Rosa Parks Museum.

For More information, Please visit Instagram: @anarchalucybetsey Twitter: @mothersofgyno Facebook: @anarchalucybetsey

#1 Lucy, from left, Anarcha and Betsey statues represent the “Mothers of Gynecology” on Mildred Street in Montgomery. 
#2 Lucy Statue 

Related Photos

#9 Houston Negro Hospital, December 19, 2010, Courtesy Ed Uthman (CC BY-SA 3.0)
#10 A sketch of what the sculpture “Mothers of Gynecology” by Michelle Browder will look like once completed.



1. Michelle Browder, Mothers of Gynecology – YouTube

2. The Houston Negro Hospital-Riverside General Hospital (1926- ) • (

3. With ‘Mothers of Gynecology,’ a sculptor’s tribute to enslaved women maimed for science | Datebook (

4. Michelle Browder?s ‘The Mothers of Gynecology’ monument remembers enslaved women who endured experimental surgeries. – The Washington Post

5. Mothers of Gynecology honored in Black maternal health conference in Montgomery : NPR Podcast