Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Frederick Douglass Statue Dedicated in Harlem


Frederick Douglass Statue Dedicated in Harlem

September 20, 2011 4:26pm | By Ben Fractenberg, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer


HARLEM — Community leaders and descendants of Frederick Douglass gathered at 110th Street Tuesday morning to dedicate a statue honoring the escaped slave and abolitionist leader.

The bronze statue — located at the northwest corner of Central Park — shows Douglass staring contemplatively toward Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

"This will serve as a powerful space," said East Harlem City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito during the ceremony. "The gateway to Harlem."

Douglass' great-great-great-grandson, Kenneth Morris Jr., traveled from Los Angeles to New York for the event.

"I feel proud, humbled," said Morris, president of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, "that I could stand for such a great man."

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