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2018 Bicentennial Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project
2018 Bicentennial Frederick Douglass Sculpture Project
13 fiberglass sculptures
6'7" x 33" x 35"

This project was a part of the Monroe County-wide Bicentennial Celebration of Frederick Douglass' Birthday. This community project was funded by a grant to the non-profit organization Rochester Community Television, that was made possible with the help of almost 150 volunteers over the course of 6 1/2 months. Lead by sculptor Olivia Kim, the team made 13 Fiberglass statues that were installed at 13 historically related sites in the Rochester area. Kim combined the 1899 bronze version of Douglass and the portrait and hands of living descendant Ken Morrison Jr. who is the great, great, great grandson of Frederick Douglass and the great, great grandson of Booker T. Washington. The project symbolizes how the struggle to abolish slavery (now called human trafficking) worldwide today.

The project has many aspects to it. Please see the next images related to this project, as the message has spread to the national and worldwide community. Right now RCTV is fundraising $250,000 to have Olivia make a bronze Douglass for the Rochester airport.