A native of Westchester County, artist Vinnie Bagwell has most recently created the 7-foot bronze sculpture of abolitionist and suffragette Sojourner Truth at the Welcome Center Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Poughkeepsie. As of February 17th, she is one of the finalists in Newark, NJ where the city is commissioning a new statue to honor Harriett Tubman and the Underground Railroad of NJ.
In Yonkers, NY next to the Metro-North train station there is a life-size bronze statue of Ella Fitzgerald titled, “The First Lady of Jazz” and she also co-author of “A Study of African-American Life in Yonkers From the Turn of the Century. Bagwell has visualized prominent black historic statues that address civil rights, and segregation, the slave trade and historic racism in New York State.
Bagwell understands that public art means many things to people. It is a form of expression. It documents a municipality’s history. It can be a celebration or a legacy. It can ignite creativity, share culture and inspire conversation-especially where certain communities have been displaced, history erased, or not recognized.
Yorktown for Justice is honored to host an evening in conversation with Vinnie Bagwell on Thursday March 11 from 7pm-8pm. This event will be hosted by community members Patricia Sullivan-Rothberg and Allyson Montana-Hill.
Meeting ID: 961 0944 9971
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