It was big news when a statue of Sojourner Truth was unveiled in Ulster County of the Hudson Valley during 2013. Since then the State of New York has announced plans to erect a statue of Truth on state land in Ulster County, NY. And the statue planned for unveiling in New York City in Central Park in August 2020 will have three women—Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Sojourner Truth featured. Adding Truth to the Central Park statue design was announced in August 2019.
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The NYC Public Design Commission will review the amended design of the statue, which will be unveiled on The Mall in Central Park on August 26, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment. The 200th anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s birth will also be observed during 2020.
“Our goal has always been to honor the diverse women in history who fought for equality and justice and who dedicated their lives to the fight for women’s rights. We want to tell their stories and help create a full and fair historical record of their vast and varied contributions. The Public Design Commission required that a scroll with names and quotes of 22 diverse women’s suffrage leaders be removed. It is fitting that Anthony, Stanton, and Truth stand together in this statue as they often did in life,” said Pam Elam, President of Monumental Women.
Monumental Women’s Statue Fund was organized as a not-for-profit group in 2014 with the initial goal of breaking the bronze ceiling and creating the first statue of real women in Central Park with other statues planned throughout New York City. To find out more about Monumental Women, or to get involved, visit: monumentalwomen.org
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