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New York: America’s first black Congresswoman Getting Statue in Brooklyn

New York to Honour First Black Congresswoman With Statue.

Determined to erect monuments, to a more diverse group of history makers than simply white men, New York announced on Friday, 30 November, that America’s first black congresswoman was getting a statue in Brooklyn.

Shirley Chisholm, who was also the first woman to seek the Democratic nomination as President, will be honoured with a statue at Prospect Park.

New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray said:”Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm’s legacy of leadership and activism has paved the way for thousands of women to seek public office.”

“She is exactly the kind of New York woman whose contributions should be honored with representation in our public spaces,” she said.

De Blasio, a progressive Democrat, ordered a review into public monuments after deadly violence at a neo-Nazi rally in Virginia in 2017 fuelled momentum to remove symbols of the pro-slavery Civil War-era South.

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Chisholm was born on 30 November, 1924, in Brooklyn, the eldest of four daughters of a factory laborer from Guyana and a seamstress from Barbados.

She got an MA in early childhood education from Columbia University and was first elected to Congress in 1968, representing New York’s 12th congressional district until 1983.

In 1972, she became the first woman to run for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States. She died in 2005 at the age of 80.

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An artist will be selected to design the statue and announced in 2019, and the monument will be erected by the end of 2020.

The city’s department of cultural affairs has committed up to USD 10 million over the next four years to commissioning new permanent public monuments and commemorations, with others to be announced in due course.

In April, New York removed from Central Park the statue of a 19th century gynecologist who experimented on enslaved black women without anesthesia.

De Blasio’s review recommended that the statue of J Marion Sims be relocated to a Brooklyn cemetery, where Sims is buried, and steps be taken to explain the legacy of a man considered the father of modern gynecology.

New York has kept in place statues of Christopher Columbus and former US president Theodore Roosevelt, both seen in some quarters as symbols of racism.

A plaque dedicated to Philippe Petain a World War I hero, who later collaborated with the Nazis — also remains in place, albeit with additional signs to provide context.

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