Harlem, NY—The Frederick Douglass Memorial is a grand tribute to the legendary orator and statesman that occupies an entire plaza and serves as a gateway to Harlem. Dedicated in September, it stands at the intersection of Central Park West, West 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard with the great abolitionist gazing uptown toward Harlem, symbolically north as if toward freedom. The Douglass statue is by Hungarian-born sculptor Gabriel Koren and the site and water fountain wall were designed by Algernon Miller.
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The plaza is surrounded by a wagon wheel fence that represents the “chariot that carried slaves home” and granite seating and paver patterns that reference shapes and motifs found on traditional African American quilts.