A statue of three pioneers of women’s rights joined the park’s collection, which previously featured only fictional women.
Central Park Women’s Suffrage Monument Approved After Months of Heated Debate
Following criticism over the historical accuracy of previous proposals, the statue was revised again to reflect differences of opinion between abolitionist Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
Vote on Central Park’s Contested Suffragist Monument Is Postponed
The New York City Public Design Commission said that the statue, which features Sojourner Truth alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, still failed to address its concerns.
Historians Raise Concerns Over Central Park’s Suffragist Monument
“If Sojourner Truth is added,” the letter reads, “it could obscure the substantial differences between white and black suffrage activists, and would be misleading.”
Controversial Monument to Women’s Suffrage Redesigned to Include Sojourner Truth
The abolitionist and women’s rights activist will join Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the proposed Central Park sculpture that had previously been accused of racism and whitewashing history.