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Visionary Leadership in the New South, photo by Donald Burgess Tilley Jr.
Visionary Leadership in the New South
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Description: This pedestrian-scale bronze sculpture is the second in a series of six monuments documenting Durham's "Black Wall Street." It pays homage to the individuals who helped build positive race relations in the Durham area. The sculpture features an oversized bronze coat and hat hanging on curved hooks.
Nickname: The Parrish Street Sculptures
Visionary Leadership in the New South Black leaders John Merrick, J. A. Dodson, R.B. Fitzgerald, J.R. Hawkins, A.M. Moore, W.G. Pearson, J. E. Shepard, C.C. Spaulding, G.W. Stephens, and S.L. Warren created successful business, educational and cultural institutions in Durham despite challenging race relations. 1890-1915
Image of the plaque

Dedication date: 10/15/2009
Creator: Leah Foushee, Sculptor Alvin Frega, Sculptor Michael Waller, Sculptor
Materials & Techniques: Bronze
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds granted with the assistance of Representative David E. Price
Cost: $350,000
Post dedication use: This monument, and the entire series of Parrish street sculptures, is part of a larger revitalization effort by the city of Durham.
Subject notes: This sculpture honors black leaders and visionaries who have worked towards bettering race relations in the area. The individuals honored in this sculpture are: John Merrick, J. A. Dodson, R.B. Fitzgerald, J.R. Hawkins, A.M. Moore, W.G. Pearson, J. E. Shepard, C.C. Spaulding, G.W. Stephens, and S.L. Warren. Their contributions to the community vary from the creation of new businesses, to building educational facilities.
Location: The sculpture sits on historic Parrish Street, which is better known as "Black Wall Street." It is part of a series of six sculptures that each commemorates important pieces of Durham's history.
Former Locations: None
Landscape: This sculpture rests in downtown Durham. There are a few trees close to the monument.
City: Durham
County: Durham
Subjects: Historic African American Figures,Industry


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