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William Shakespeare statue



  1.  The statue of poet William Shakespeare is located on where I took the photograph located on the South end of the Mall/Literary Walk, at East 66th Street. This enormously standing portrait was made by John Quincy Adams Ward
  2. 2. The commemoration of William Shakespeare statue in New York City’s Central Park was built in 1864 to celebrate the three hundredth anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. The southern end of the Mall in Central Park is often referred to as “Literary Walk.” William Shakespeare is being highly honored as one of the most widely read English authors, but also one of the most easily recognizable, with his beard, mustache, and oblong shaped head. As a result, he has been commemorated and memorialized throughout New York City.
  3. 3. My reflections regarding William Shakespeare’s statue is that it grab my attention that th environment where the sculpture is situated it’s very relaxing environment, I was surprise to find out that The sculpture was donated by the citizens of New York, led by a committee to honor the 300th anniversary of the birth of the poet and dramatist in Stratford-upon-Avon in 1564. Shakespeare is one of four sculptures by Ward in Central Park.

Simon Bolivar Bronze Statue

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  1. The statue of Simon Bolivar is located where I took the photograph, at the Gate entrance to the Park at 59th Street and Avenue of the Americas. R. De Las Cora designed the first statue of Simon Bolivar that was installed in Central Park in 1891 on a knoll near West 83rd Street, also known as the “Bolivar Hill.”


  1. This statue of bronze equestrian sculptures represents Latin American leaders, the Simon Bolivar statue commemorates him as he was military general and advocate of Pan-Americanism. Bolivar is credited with the liberation from Spanish domination of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Panama. He is being highly honored through these well- made monument as he was born in Venezuela and is recognized to being one of South America’s greatest generals, he was called El Liberator because his victories over Spaniards won independence for Bolivia (named after him), Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela.


  1. My reflections in regards to this commemoration of Simon Bolivar is that the bronze statue is very tall and high in height and it looks as if it was made in very hard material. I was thrilled to find out that there are a lot of statues of Simon Bolivar all around the world. Also as I was looking at the high statue and remembered what I’ve learned on my history class in high school that this monument was given to the U.S as a gift from the Venezuelan government.



The William Cullen Bryant Monument




1. The William Cullen Bryant Memorial is an outdoor sculpture of William Cullen Bryant, where I took this photograph located at Bryant Park in Manhattan, New York, behind the Beaux Arts, New York Public Library building. The bronze statue was created by the sculptor Herbert Adams and cast at the Gorham Manufacturing Company foundry. Later installed in 1911.

2. William Cullen Bryant is being commemorated, he’s being knowingly honored because had come a long way from the log house in Cummington, Massachusetts were he was born nearly 84 years earlier. William Cullen Bryant have been remembered as the editor of the New-York Evening Post, a strong political voice and supporter of Abraham Lincoln, and one of the city’s most aggressive promoters of the Central Park project. Unfortunately he died in 1878 after suffering an accidental fall.

3. My reflections to this commemoration, is bronze statue of William Cullen Bryant would be that it looks very fancy, especially the beautiful monument showing the bearded Bryant that is sitting in an armchair and looking straight ahead. I noticed his right arm is placed on the armrest and he is holding a newspaper on his lap with his left hand. A blanket, on his lap, reaches from his waist to his shoes. In my opinion, the statute was very interesting and almost retelling a story.

Adam Clayton Powell Jr. monument




1. Artist Branly Cadet created the bronze sculpture of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and cast in Brooklyn. (2005 that is located where I took the photograph, on the corner of 125th street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Manhattan.

2. Adam Clayton Powell Jr is being commemorated, he is being highly honored because he was an important 20th century clergyman and U.S. representative who was a major force in establishing civil rights for African Americans. In addition, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. became minister of Abyssinian Baptist Church, and worked as a community activist for Harlem. Powell was elected to the House of Representatives in the mid-1940s. He became a champion civil rights reformer, also making great strides in education and labor. Though, he’d faced controversy for some of his behavior and commentary. The Harlem community continues to remember Adam Clayton Powell also known as the politician and religious leader for his advocacy of the neighborhood; Unfortunately, Powell died in Florida in 1972.

3. My reflections to this commemoration, is that I found it interesting how the statue captures in detail the minister’s Grand Canyon of a smile, signature “pompadour” haircut even one tentacle out of place, and an almost ankle long overcoat which tail-splits allow each corner of the garment to dance unevenly in the wind around him. I think this wonderful monument clearly represents his determination and his strength as well as how he was seen by african american back in the days, was seen as a giant in the Black community of Harlem, not only as the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, but also as a community activist and as the first African-American to represent New York in the United States House of Representatives.

Harriet Tubman Memorial Statue



  1. Dedicated on November 13, 2008, 10-foot-tall bronze statue of Harriet Tubman in Harlem, Memorial statue to Harriet Tubman in Harlem to honor all that she did and the many lives she saved. I took this photograph in Located at Harlem in a triangular traffic island at West 122nd Street, St. Nicholas Avenue and Frederick Douglass Boulevard.

2.  Harriet Tubman is being commemorated because she was one of the first African American to escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. she’s been honored one of the most famous civilians in American history before the Civil War. Till this day, she continues to inspire generations of Americans struggling for civil rights with her bravery and wise action.

3. My reflections to this commemoration, is that this is a well- made statute that mirrors her work in the Underground Railroad, I found it very interesting how Tubman’s body pushes forward like a locomotive, her arms churning at her side like the pistons of the train wheels. Her skirt is sort of pulled up at the front, showing her petticoats like the cow-catcher of a steam locomotive. I It caught my attention how Tubman’s face stares straight forward in showing that she was very determined to achieve her goal.