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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.

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

Thumbnail of "Little Dances" by Howard McCalebb

Little Dances
Sculptor Howard McCalebb, 1996
Louis Armstrong Center, Corona, Queens
Painted Steel

Thumbnail of "Soul in Flight", links to larger image

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
Bronze, granite

Thumbnail of "Duke Ellington", links to larger image

Duke Ellington
Sculptor Robert Graham, 1997
Frawley Circle, Fifth Avenue & 110th Street near Central Park, Manhattan
Bronze, gilding, granite

Thumbnail of "Invisible Man", links to larger image

Invisible Man: A Memorial to Ralph Ellison
Sculptor Elizabeth Catlett, 2003
Riverside Park at 150th Street, Manhattan
Bronze, granite

Thumbnail of "Reverend Benjamin Lowry", links to larger image

Reverend Benjamin Lowry
Sculptor Robert Pugh, 1982
Lowry Triangle - Washington Avenue near Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Stainless steel, granite

Thumbnail of "Dr. Ronald McNair", links to larger version

Dr. Ronald McNair
Sculptor Ogundipe Fayomi, 1994
McNair Park, Brooklyn
Bronze, pink granite

Thumbnail of "Jackie Robinson", links to larger version

Jackie Robinson
Sculptor Inge Hardison, 1981
Jackie Robinson Recreation Center, Manhattan


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