On Friday, June 25 the “Blank Slate: Hope For a New America” sculpture was unveiled in Times Square accompanied by acclaimed Ghanaian artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo, and with the support of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
The statue remained on public display from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Times Square and made stops in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and Harlem before continuing on a national tour of U.S. cities this summer.
Akoto-Bamfo created the mobile art piece as a counterpoint and challenge to the more than 1,800 Confederate monuments and symbols still on display in public spaces across the United States.
The “Blank Slate” statue is traveling on a flatbed truck to cities that are important to African American history, including Louisville, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Selma, and Birmingham. It will remain on display in Birmingham, Alabama until March 2022 when it is moved to a permanent location, determined by a multi-city bidding process.