Frederick Douglass (West Chester University, West Chester, PA)

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Title

Frederick Douglass (West Chester University, West Chester, PA)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Abolitionists--United States
Antislavery movements--United States
Middle Atlantic States
Pennsylvania--History
Public art
Public sculpture

Subject (Name)
Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895

Subject (Object Type) 
Commemorative sculpture

Description

The ten-foot-tall bronze statue of a young Frederick Douglass casts his gaze forward and ever-so-slightly downward toward an imagined viewer. Standing squarely forward, Douglass' left knee is slightly raised as if he were on the verge of walking off the granite pedestal. In his right hand, Douglass holds a cane; in his left hand, he holds the end of a rope that coils around his torso and shoulders.

Creator

Blake, Richard, 1943-

Source

Photograph: West Chester University, https://www.flickr.com/photos/wcupa/14410155908

Date

Dedicated: October 1, 2013

Contributor

Frederick Douglass Statue Monument Project; Frederick Douglass Institute (C. James Trotman); and the West Chester University Foundation.

Rights

West Chester University, 700 South High Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19383, United States

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Clifford E. and Inez E. DeBaptiste Plaza, Philips Memorial Building, West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, 19382, United States

Has Part

Inscription on granite base:
Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass gave his last public lecture on West Chester's campus on Feb. 1, 1895.

This statue of a younger Frederick Douglass honors a champion of human rights whose lifelong quest for knowledge and truth made him a timeless voice for justice, freedom, and equality for all.

Extent

Statue: 90 in. (228.6 cm)
Base: 30 in. (76.2 cm.)

Medium

Bronze; Granite

Bibliographic Citation

Cummings, Colleen. "WCU Erects Statue to Honor Frederick Douglass." The Quad, October 14, 2013. Accessed October 31, 2019, https://wcuquad.com/103691/news/wcu-erects-statue-to-honor-frederick-douglass/.

Garrard, Jeremy. "WCU Unveils Frederick Douglass Statue." Daily Local News, October 2, 2013. Accessed May 23, 2020, https://www.dailylocal.com/news/wcu-unveils-frederick-douglass-statue/article_5603ef47-0e70-58ca-a0fb-a1598f6e5857.html.

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

Statue: 90 in. (228.6 cm)
Base: 30 in. (76.2 cm.)

Citation

Blake, Richard, 1943-, “Frederick Douglass (West Chester University, West Chester, PA),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed September 24, 2020, http://slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1188.

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