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Introduction
1)
Title
Ralph Ellison Memorial
2)
Town, State
New York, NY
3)
ID #
1869
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
June 03, 2010
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
June 03, 2010
6)
Site Worked Last
September 27, 2012
Description
The Ralph Ellison memorial recalls a notable American author and teacher. His fiction and criticism were recognized and valued during his lifetime and afterward, as doubtless suggested by this monument. Born a black man in Oklahoma City, Ellison (1914-1994) was able and willing – perhaps even pulled, driven – to share his values and his stories, especially his Invisible Man (1952), with a wide variety of American, and international, audiences.

• The monument design is that of a male figure cut-out of and cut into a large, rectangular bronze metal block. The work was created by the distinguished sculptor Elizabeth Catlett (4/15/1915-4/2/2012). Johnson Atelier, of Mercerville, New Jersey, carried out the foundry work, and Ken Smith provided the landscape architecture design.

• The Ellison memorial is situated in the northern part of Riverside Park, at the foot of 150th Street where it intersects Riverside Drive; it is also near the author’s former residence at 749 St. Nicholas Avenue, where he wrote his acclaimed work, Invisible Man. This section of the park was a favorite retreat.

• The memorial’s dedication ceremony, with many City of New York government officials in attendance as well as family, friends and project supporters, was May 1, 2003.
Content
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1)
Individual|group/family recognition
2)
African Americans
3)
Author/Writer
5)
African-American/African
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Parallel
3)
Sculpture w/wo pedestal
5)
Large
6)
Main + Two
7)
Not applicable
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2900-910.1, 2900-910.2, 2900-910.3, 2900-910.4, 2900-910.5, 2900-910.6
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
Yes
11.1)
Parallel Description
Geometric
11.2)
Parallel Preservation
Good
11.3)
Parallel Scale Inscription/Text
Average (life-size)
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Catlett, Elizabeth
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: Smith, Ken
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Not Applicable
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
6 Very Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
4 Satisfactory
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
4.8 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
Not Entered
5)
May 01, 2003
6)
Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
American Authors
Demography
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1)
File Number
50A
2)
Town/City
New York
3)
County
New York
4)
District
Manhattan
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
10031
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.8303680000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.9497900000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Riverside Dr
11)
Intersecting Street 2
West 150th St
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Riverside Park
13)
Additional Identifier 2
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Citizens/residents
16.2)
Family/friends/colleagues
16.3)
Government, Local
16.4)
Membership Group/Public Contribution
17)
17.1)
1946-1973
17.2)
1974-2000
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
June 03, 2010
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Government Materials
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
NAME: Ralph Waldo Ellison
SOURCE: Dolkart and Sorin, Touring Historic Harlem, p. 105.
LEAD SPONSOR: Membership Group/Public Contribution -- Ralph Ellison Memorial Committee, John T. Reddick, chair;
LEAD SPONSOR: Government, Local -- Riverside Park Fund, James T. Dowell, president




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