• Pittsburgh to replace Foster statue with monument honoring legacy of African-American women

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    OAKLAND, Pa. - The controversial Stephen Foster statue in Oakland is set to be moved next month.

    The city is looking to replace it with a monument dedicated to an African-American woman who made a mark in Pittsburgh.

    Residents can vote on who they'd like to see honored in an online survey.


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    Some of the nominees include:

    • Madam C.J. Walker (entrepreneur and philanthropist)
    • Helen Faison (city's first African-American superintendent of schools)
    • Gwendolyn Elliott (Pittsburgh's first African-American female police commander)

    Last year, the Arts Commission voted to move the Foster statue, because some feel it portrays a slave at the famous minstrel composer's feet.

    You can find a link to the survey by CLICKING HERE.


     

     

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