The Architect's Newspaper — "Memphis’s long-neglected Tom Lee Park gets an overhaul, and Theaster Gates wants to honor its namesake"

“As announced on October 6, the Chicago-based Gates will contribute a site-specific artwork that celebrates the park’s namesake, a Black river worker who, in 1925, heroically saved 32 people from drowning when the M. E. Norman steamboat capsized on the Mississippi. A Monument to Listening will be split into two installations within a contemplative section of the new park known as the Community Batture. Gates’s pair of bronze sculptures, financed through a $1.4 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will anchor two new plazas paved with stone and brick. Community programming launched in partnership with Memphis’s National Civil Rights Museum and poetry competitions are also planned to engage both sites.”

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