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  • Monument Name

    Visionary Leadership in the New South, Durham

  • Type

    Sculpture

  • Subjects

    Historic African American Figures

    Industry

  • Creator

    Leah Foushee, Sculptor

    Michael Waller, Sculptor

    Alvin Frega, Sculptor

  • City

    Durham

  • County

    Durham

  • 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.

  • Inscription

    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

  • Custodian

    The City of Durham

  • Dedication Date

    October 15, 2009

  • Decade

    2000s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.994960 , -78.899060 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      "Coat and Hat: Visionary Leadership in the New South," Main Street, Carolina: Historic Parrish Street, (accessed April 20, 2012) Link

      "Parrish Street Advocacy Group," City of Durham, (accessed April 20, 2012) Link

      Vaughan, Dawn Baumgartner. “Remaining Parrish Street Markers to be Unveiled,” Herald Sun (Durham, NC), 2010, (accessed April 20, 2012) Link

      Vaughan, Dawn Baumgartner. “Sculptures to Recognize Contributions of Parish Street,” Herald Sun (Durham, NC), 2010, (accessed April 20, 2012) Link

      “Durham Unveils Parrish Street Sculptures,” City of Durham, (accessed April 20, 2012) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze

  • Sponsors

    U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds granted with the assistance of Representative David E. Price.

  • Monument Cost

    $350,000

  • Nickname

    The Parrish Street Sculptures

  • 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.

  • Landscape

    This sculpture rests in downtown Durham. There are a few trees close to the monument.

  • Former Locations

    None

  • 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.

  • Approval Process

    With the help of Representative David E. Price, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development granted $350,000 to the City of Durham’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development for the Parrish Street Revitalization and Historic Commemoration Project.

  • Materials & Assembly Cost

    The entire Parrish Street monuments series cost $350,000.

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