Black Revolutionary War Patriots Memorial, Constitution Gardens, Washington, D.C.
This memorial was commissioned by the Patriots Memorial Foundation of Washington, D.C. in 1991. It was designed to honor the 5,000 enslaved Africans and free persons that served and fought in the American Revolution from 1776 to 1781.
The site would feature a precinct enclosed by an arching granite monolith and bronze sculpture. The sculpture, which is designed to rise from 3' to 7.5' high is 90' long and will depict the enslaved Africans' contribution to America, as well as the Revolution from 1619 to 1781. It is to contain some 63 figurative images with the last scene depicting an African American family at the end of the war in 1781, gazing at the Lincoln Memorial contemplating their fate.
I have included this project on the web site due to importance to the American landscape and the need for such a memorial to honor these unheralded patriots. I worked on the project for 14 years, but the various sponsoring groups failed to raise adequate funds to get the project completed. I have not given up on getting this memorial reinstated and securing the capital to get it erected.