Artist Vinnie Bagwell: Her Sculptures of New York’s Slaves Heal & Enlighten
The project is sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and so far has been executed through grants and contributions from various sources including ArtsWestchester and ConEd. Fund-raising efforts are ongoing, and new supporters are encouraged to donate funds on the project’s website.
Money is being raised for the magnification of the statues to life-size, completing the rain garden itself, and placing the finished bronze pieces. Currently, the models are circulating as part of an exhibit traveling in the New York area as a campaign to raise awareness and resources. (Please check the web site for future showings.)
When completed, the Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden will be a brilliant tribute to our ancestors and the gem of Yonkers’ historical preservation efforts. Through her humanely historic sculptures, Vinnie Bagwell is rendering a much needed service to her hometown and the entire African-American community.
Bagwell is teaching people not to be afraid to look at the past – even when the subject is slavery. “It is how I serve God and humanity,” she said.
To donate funds, for information on The Enslaved Africans’ sculpture exhibit schedule, and to learn when The Enslaved Africans’ Rain Garden will open to the public please visit: www.enslavedafricansraingarden.org