Edmonson Sisters Memorial (Alexandria, VA)
Antislavery movements--United States
Middle Atlantic states
Edmonson, Emily, 1835–1895
Edmonson, Mary, 1832–1853
Subject (Object Type)
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.
Inscription on the work's base:
The Edmonson Sisters
Assisted by C. Blome
On the obverse of the memorial, Blome included a low relief of the schooner, Pearl.
"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.
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