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Black History Month Celebration:
New York City Parks Sculptures Honoring the African-American Experience

Click on the images below to view full descriptions and larger versions of the sculptures.

Thumbnail of Foley Square Historical Medallion, links to larger version

Foley Square Historical Medallions, Negro Burial Ground
Designed by CRI
Fabricated by sculptor Gregg Le Fevre, 2000
Foley Square, Reade Street & Lafayette Street, Manhattan

Thumbnail of "Peter and Willie", links to larger version

Peter and Willie
Sculptor Otto Neals, 1997
Imagination Playground, Lincoln Road entrance to Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Bronze

Thumbnail of "Tree of Hope", links to larger version

Tree of Hope
Sculptor Algernon Miller, 1972, restored 2004
Center median at Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard at 131st Street, Manhattan
Painted steel

Thumbnail of "Triumph of the Human Spirit", links to larger version

Triumph of the Human Spirit
Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, 2000
Foley Square, Manhattan
Black granite

Thumbnail of "Harlem Hybrid", links to larger version

Harlem Hybrid
Sculptor Richard Howe Hunt, 1976; restored 2008
Roosevelt Triangle, Manhattan
Bronze

Thumbnail of "Tomorrow's Wind", links to larger version

Tomorrow's Wind
Sculptor Melvin Edwards,
Fabricated circa 1990, installed 1995
Thomas Jefferson Park, Manhattan
Steel

Front view of Swing Low: A Memorial to Harriet Tubman, June 18, 2008. Photo by C. Djuric.

Swing Low: A Memorial to Harriet Tubman
Sculptor Allison Saar; Landscape architect Quennell Rothschild & Partners, 2008
Tubman Triangle, 123rd, Street, St. Nicholas Avenue, and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, Manhattan
Bronze, natural boulder, landscaping

Thumbnail of statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in KeySpan Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn, links to larger version of image

Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese
Sculptor William Behrends; Landscape architect Ken Smith, 2005
Keyspan Park, Coney Island, Brooklyn
Bronze, granite, landscaping

Frederick Douglass statue, Frederick Douglass Circle, 110th Street and Eighth Avenue, Manhattan

Frederick Douglass
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

Related Links

Photo Gallery: The African American Experience
African–American Namesake Parks

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