Call for Artists
The New Bedford Historical Society and the Frederick Douglass Memorial Committee are pleased to announce a Request for Proposals to recognized artists, artisans, or artist-lead-teams to create a permanent original artwork of a young Frederick Douglass (1818-1895). The goal of the sculpture is to celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass through the creation of a timeless and permanent art sculpture of high artistic merit and quality. It is in New Bedford that a young Frederick Douglass found his voice as an abolitionist and human rights advocate. The sculpture will be placed in Abolition Row Park that will also celebrate the New Bedford abolitionists who through their advocacy and perseverance changed the thinking of many and led to the movement to end slavery in the US.
The Memorial selection panel has recommended a site-specific, unique work of art to be designed, fabricated, and installed in Abolition Row Park, directly across the street from the Nathan and Mary Johnson House, a National Historic Landmark and the first home in freedom of Frederick and Anna Douglass. The park will be completed in Summer 2020 and the Douglass sculpture will be a center piece in the park. The committee is seeking a bronze representative image of a young Douglass sitting on a park bench that will face the Nathan and Mary Johnson House.
For additional information please email Lee Blake, President, info@ nbhistoricalsociety.org
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