NY Political Pioneer to Be Honored in Bronze

New York political pioneer Shirley Chisholm will be honored in 2020 by having a statue of her likeness erected at the entrance of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

Not only was Chisholm the first black woman to serve in the United States Congress, but she was also the first woman to seek the Democratic nomination for president.

New York City First Lady, Chirlane McCray told the New York Daily News, "Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm's legacy of leadership and activism has paved the way for thousands of women to seek public office. She is exactly the kind of New York woman whose contributions should be honored with representation in our public places."

The Congresswoman was selected to be honored after an advisory panel narrowed down the numerous submissions recommended by the public.

Chisholm was elected to Congress in 1968 and served seven terms. She ran for president in 1972.

City officials have not picked the artist to honor Chisholm yet.

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