Under gray skies and sprinkles Decatur native and artist Preston Jackson unveiled his commissioned sculpture titled, “African American Civil War Monument” in downtown Decatur on August 1, 2009. A gathering of several current and past Decatur city council members, others instrumental in commissioning the work, and about 150 members of the public came to view the unveiling.
The monument stands over 10 feet tall and features depictions of Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglass and African American Civil War soldiers in bronze relief and 3-D sculpture. Dr. Jeanelle Norman, Mayor Michael McElroy, Evelyn Hood and the Mr. Jackson spoke to the crowd assembled around the monument. A round of applause went up as the monument was finally unveiled to the public.
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