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
Human rights icon Marian Spencer will be honored with a statue in her honor, commissioned by the Woman’s City Club. It will be located at Smale Park, just inside the park’s entrance (Source: Woman's City Club)

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 it will be located just inside the entrance to Smale Park.

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.

The sculptors for the statue are Tom Tsuchiya, best known for his figures outside Great American Ball Park, and his apprentice and co-sculptor for this project, Gina Erardi, a senior painting major at Northern Kentucky University.

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