Black History Month Celebration:
New York City Parks Sculptures Honoring the African-American Experience
The permanent sculpture collection in the parks of New York City is a veritable outdoor sculpture museum, commemorating people, places, events and themes of significance in the evolution of the city, nation and the world. In honor of Black History Month the selections below have been compiled as a sampling of those permanent sculptures, which represent African-American persons and themes; most are also by African-American artists. An addendum includes new sculpture projects currently in the construction phase. Visit our Black History in NYC Parks page to learn more about African-American namesake parks and the black experience in New York City.
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Soul in Flight: A Memorial to Arthur Ashe
Sculptor Eric Fishl; Landscape architect & designer Mark Sullivan, 2000.
United States Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens
Sculptor Robert Graham, 1997
Frawley Circle, Fifth Avenue & 110th Street, Manhattan
Bronze, gilding, granite
Invisible Man: A Memorial to Ralph Ellison
Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, 2003
Riverside Park at 150th Street, Manhattan
Reverend Benjamin Lowry
Sculptor Robert Pugh, 1982
Lowry Triangle - Washington Avenue near Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Stainless steel, granite