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Four Statues of Women Coming to the Boroughs

Statue of Eleanor Roosevelt, one of only five statues of women in the city. That will change soon. (Jim Henderson / Wikimeida Commons)

In response to a perceived inqeuity in representation in public artwork, the New York Times reports that the city will add four statues of strong women who have positively affected culture, which will include one dedicated to Bronx health pioneer Helen Rodríguez Trías.

She was the first Latina director of the American Public Health Association and in the 80’s, she advocated for sexually-abused children. The Rodríguez Trías statue will be in St. Mary’s Park, selected because it’s in the proximity of Lincoln Hosptial where she ran the Department of Pediatrics.

In addition, jazz icon Billie Holiday, lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker, and teacher/desegregation activist Elizabeth Jennings Graham, will each be memorialize with their own statues in other boroughs, says the Times.

Read the full March 6, 2019 report by Julia Jacobs in NEW YORK TIMES…

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