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Edward Dwight's design for a sculpture was awarded a commission by a selection panel of stakeholders for the Freedmen's Cemetery. But the design included traditional African symbols around the base, prompting the Public Art Committee to award the commission to a different artist.

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Artist Loses Freedmen’s Cemetery Commission Because He Used Religious Symbols

Traditional African symbols prompted rejection of winning design.

The Contraband and Freedmen’s Cemetery is no stranger to controversy. Now a new conflict has emerged at the final resting place for dozens of former slaves.


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