Who Should Replace Stephen Foster?


City workers removing the Stephen Foster statue

Daevan Mangalmurti, Editor

After more than a hundred years, the Stephen Foster statue near the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has been taken down. The statue, which featured an African-American man in ragged clothes looking at an elevated Foster, was heavily criticized for racist imagery, and the movement to remove it reached full force after the Charlottesville protests last year. Now that the statue is gone, the City of Pittsburgh is considering who should take its place. The front-runner candidates for a new statue are seven black women who have had a major impact on Pittsburgh over the years: Catherine Delany, Madam C.J. Walker, Jean Hamilton Walls, Mary Cardwell Dawson, Selma Burke, Helen Faison, and Gwendolyn J. Elliott. To learn more about these incredible women, or to suggest a person of your own, visit the City’s website here and vote on your favored candidate. Over a thousand people of have already filled out the voting form, and there will be an in-person feedback meeting at the Sheraden Healthy Active Living Center on Tuesday, May 1st from 6:30 to 8:30.