Edmonson Sisters Memorial (Alexandria, VA)

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Title

Edmonson Sisters Memorial (Alexandria, VA)

Subject

Subject (Topic)
Abolitionists--United States
Antislavery movements--United States
Middle Atlantic states
Public art
Public sculpture
Slave trade
Slavery-Emancipation

Subject (Name)
Edmonson, Emily, 1835–1895
Edmonson, Mary, 1832–1853

Subject (Object Type)
Commemorative sculpture

Description

Two young women emerge from a large rocky outcrop, their hands clasped tightly as they stride forward. The over life-sized work depicts the abolitionists and former slaves, the sisters Mary and Emily Edmonson. The statue is located on the site of the former Joseph Bruin’s slave jail, where the sisters were held after a failed attempt to escape from Washington, D.C. in 1848 on the ship Pearl. On the back of the sculpture is an etching of the ship Pearl.

Creator

Blome, Erik, 1967

Source

Photographs by Renée Ater

Date

Dedicated: June 25, 2010

Contributor

Carr Development Corp and The City of Alexandria.

Rights

City of Alexandria, 301 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, United States

Relation

To read more about the lives of the Edmonson Sisters, click here.


Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Visual Arts-Sculpture

Coverage

Edmonson Plaza, 1701 Duke Street, Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, United States

Has Part

Inscription on the work's base:
The Edmonson Sisters
Erik Blome
Sculptor
© 2010
Assisted by C. Blome

On the obverse of the memorial, Blome included a low relief of the schooner, Pearl.

Extent

120 in. (304.8 cm)

Medium

Bronze

Bibliographic Citation

"Slavery and Freedom, Embodied." Alexandria Times, May 27, 2010. Accessed May 27, 2020, https://alextimes.com/2010/05/slavery-and-freedom-embodied/.

Heid, Markham. "Alexandria Dedicats Sculpture Honoring Edmonson Sisters." Washington Examiner, June 24, 2010. Accessed May 27, 2020, https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/alexandria-dedicates-sculpture-honoring-edmonson-sisters.

"Edmonson Sisters." Public Art Archive. Accessed May 27, 2020, https://locate.publicartarchive.org/art/Edmonson-Sisters?ib=ext.

"The Edmonson Sisters." Erick Blome-Sculptor. Accessed May 27, 2020, https://www.erikblome.com/edmonson-sisters.

Rights Holder

Renée Ater

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Sculpture

Physical Dimensions

120 in. (304.8 cm)

Citation

Blome, Erik, 1967, “Edmonson Sisters Memorial (Alexandria, VA),” Contemporary Monuments to the Slave Past, accessed September 25, 2020, https://www.slaverymonuments.org/items/show/1123.

Geolocation

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