2022 US Trip – Day 9 (Virginia Civil Rights Memorial)

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This memorial is located on the grounds of the state Capitol, having been unveiled here in July 2008. The memorial was designed by Stanley Bleifeld (1924-2011) and cost $2.8 million which was funded by public subscription.

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The memorial is beautifully designed and has eighteen different leaders or participants from the civil rights movement. Certainly very eye-catching and there are a couple of quotes on it, including this “it seemed like reaching for the moon”, from the civil rights leader Barbara Rose Johns (1935–1991.

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And the Virginia Executive Mansion in the background. There’s more about the project at http://vacivilrightsmemorial.org/, although that site hasn’t been updated for some time and indeed before they had completed the fundraising.