New to Central Park as of summer 2020 is a bronze sculpture of three US women, the first monument to real-life women in the park. (The first non real-life example that comes to mind is the wonderful Alice in Wonderland bronze at the north end of The Conservatory Water).
Located on the park’s Literary Walk centred (east/west) in the park and leading south from Bethesda Terrace, it honours Elizabeth Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Susan B. Anthony, each an especially important figure in the United States women’s equality movement.
At the time of its installation, sculptor Meredith Bergmann’s piece bookended another female sculptor’s work in the park, Angel of the Waters by Emma Stebbins who was, in 1868, the first woman ever to receive a public art commission in the City of New York. Her piece stands at the centre of Bethesda Fountain, to the north.
The timing was significant, coming during the campaign of the Black Lives Matter movement yet ironically, the inclusion of Sojourner Truth, a Black woman who escaped slavery and worked for abolition and women’s rights, was an afterthought.