Local club, city leaders announce fundraising efforts to build statue honoring Marian Spencer

Local club, city leaders announce fundraising efforts to build statue honoring Marian Spencer
The Woman’s City Club announced fundraising efforts to build a statue honoring a Cincinnati trailblazer. The statue will be of Marian Spencer and will be the first Cincinnati statue to honor a woman.(Marian Spencer is sworn in as Cincinnati's vice mayor on Dec. 1, 1983. (Photo: Enquirer file))

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The Woman’s City Club announced fundraising efforts to build a statue honoring a Cincinnati trailblazer.

The statue will be of Marian Spencer and will be the first Cincinnati statue to honor a woman.

The club, along with David Mann and Denise Driehaus, held a news conference to discuss the project Friday.

The group unveiled the artist’s statue rendering as well as a model of the statue.

The Woman’s City Club says though Cincinnati has a number of statues that honor politicians, military leaders, and educators, none honor a woman.

They contend that there are female statues like the Germania statue that adorns the former German Mutual Fire Insurance Company downtown, or the Genius of Water, or the Tyler-Davidson Fountain, but none that honor an actual woman.

They believe local Civil Rights icon Marian Spencer is the right person to be the first woman honored with a statue in the city.

The club says her accomplishments include: spearheading the integration of Coney Island, fighting to open the University of Cincinnati dormitories to Black students, and her election as the first African American woman on Cincinnati City Council.

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