10. A New Monument to Shirley Chisholm Will Be Built in the Park

Rendering Courtesy of Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous

Prospect Park will soon be the site of the first female monument erected as part of the She Built NYC program. The program is working towards closing the “monument gap” between the number of male statues and female statues in New York City. Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress and the first woman and African American to seek the nomination for president of the United States from one of the two major political parties, is the first to be honored.

The design for the Shirley Chisholm monument, called Our Destiny, Our Democracy, was created by Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous and selected through the City’s Percent for Art program. The design will go through additional community input and public review and will be installed in Prospect Park, at Parkside Plaza by the end of 2020.