Public Sculpture in Grand Rapids

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Helen Claytor

Artist: Jay Hall Carpenter
Medium: Bronze
Provenance: Sixth in a series of twelve sculptures in the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project.
Location: Grand Rapids Community College Bostwick Plaza, directly across from Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE
Notes: Helen J. Claytor (1907 - 2005) was an educator and civil rights activist. In 1967, she became the first African American president of the national YWCA and in 1984 Ms. Claytor was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame. Coretta Scott King said of her, "She was an eloquent testament to the great things an individual can accomplish." The image posted here was taken a very short time after the statue was placed on its pedestal before the official unveiling.

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