Central Park to get statue honoring women’s accomplishments

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NEW YORK (AP) —

NEW YORK (AP) — Central Park has 23 statues of men who left their mark in history but not a single one honoring the accomplishments of a woman.

This Oct. 6, 2019 photo provided by Michael Bergmann shows a one-third scale clay model of Sojourner Truth, left, Susan B. Anthony, center, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton at Meredith Bergmann’s studio in Ridgefield, Conn. A New York City commission voted Monday, Oct. 21 to erect a tribute to the three civil rights pioneers. Meredith Bergmann’s work is to be dedicated next August in Central Park, marking the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. (Michael Bergmann via AP)

That will change after a city commission voted Monday to erect a monument depicting three pioneers in the fight for women’s rights: Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Sojourner Truth. The likeness of Truth, an escaped slave and abolitionist, was added to the sculpture in response to criticism that African American suffragists were initially excluded.

“This statue conveys the power of women working together to bring about revolutionary change in our society,” said Pam Elam, president of the Monumental Women’s Statue Fund, a nonprofit of advocates, historians and community leaders including Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

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