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Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Malls

Tree of Hope

  • Location: Center median on Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. at West 131 Street
  • Description: Plaque dedicating original Tree of Hope (tree is no longer extant); in front of the Tree of Hope III sculpture by Algernon Miller
  • Materials: Bronze
  • Dimensions: H: 13" W: 16"
  • Dedicated: November 4, 1934
  • Fabricator: Gregg LeFevre (replacement)
  • Donor: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (original); Lloyd A. Williams
  • Inscription: THE ORIGINAL / TREE OF HOPE / BELOVED BY THE PEOPLE / OF HARLEM / "YOU ASKED FOR A TREE OF HOPE / SO HERE TIS, BEST WISHES" / BILL ROBINSON [inscribed]

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For more information, please contact Art & Antiquities at (212) 360-8143

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