NEW STATUE IN CENTRAL PARK
(Photo) Daby B. Carreras
This year a new monument joins the dozens of other statues and monuments in Central Park; it is a trilogy, created to show three pioneers of women’s rights — Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Sojourner Truth. It was unveiled on August 26.
It will join many others on The Mall – that tree lined walk in the south part of the park which happens to be the only walkway in Manhattan that runs true north and south.
Not only is it of women, but is was sculpted by one – Meredith Bergmann.
(photo) Meredith Bergmann – Artist
The three eminent suffragists depicted, who worked to secure the passage of the 19th amendment, were also New Yorkers. Stanton was the first woman to run for Congress in 1866, and founded the National Woman Suffrage Association in New York City along with Anthony in 1869. Sojourner Truth escaped from slavery in New York in 1827 and joined the abolitionist movement, becoming one of the most important human rights advocates in US history.
Anthony was also a Republican; she let it be known that all the candidates for whom she voted were GOP. It was perhaps because in her lifetime, and that of her colleagues with whom she shares a pedestal, had to fight the Democrats over issues including slavery. The first GOP president freed the slaves, and the Republicans voted for the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments – which abolished slavery, gave citizenship to black men and also the right to vote.