Honoring the African-American Experience
Sculptor Gabriel Koren; Memorial Circle Design and Water Wall Designed by artist Algernon Miller
Frederick Douglass Circle, 110th Street & Eighth Avenue, Manhattan
Bronze, cast stone, wrought iron, water feature
Located at the northwest corner of Central Park, this monument honors the abolitionist, writer, orator, and publisher Frederick Douglass. Harlem-based artist Algernon Miller designed a complex colored paving pattern that alludes to traditional African American quilt designs. Additional features, including wrought-iron symbolic and decorative elements, a water wall, and inscribed historical details and quotations create a rich tableau representing the life of Douglass and the slaves' passage to freedom. A central heroically-sized bronze sculpture, depicting a standing Douglass, was crafted by Hungarian-born artist Gabriel Koren. The plaza and monument opened to the public in 2010.