Date: September 20, 2011
Please join NYC Parks for the formal dedication of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Circle.
At this event, Dr. Kenneth Morris of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation will speak, and there will be performances by Tony Award-nominated actor Andre de Shields and Harlem-based dance troupe IMPACT. Light refreshments will follow.
In the mid to late 1990s, a series of community-based design workshops organized by the Central Park Conservancy and later the Cityscape Institute led to a design competition for the circle in 2003, won by a collaborative proposal submitted by Harlem-based artist Algernon Miller and Hungarian-born sculptor Gabriel Koren. The Frederick Douglass Memorial Miller’s overall design includes granite seating and paving patterns based on traditional African-American quilt motifs, as well as a bronze perimeter fence withDouglass Circle a wagon wheel motif. He also responded to the design competition guidelines with a bronze water wall depicting the Big Dipper constellation that guided those on the “underground railroad.” Koren crafted a standing bronze portrait of a pensive Douglass, inspired by nineteenth-century photographs.
Start time: 11:00 am
Contact phone: (212) 408-0111
Location: Frederick Douglass Circle (in Central Park)
Dedication of Frederick Douglass Memorial
Sun, 18 Sep 2011 04:00:13 GMT