Meet 7 black women whose tribute could replace the Stephen Foster statue in Pittsburgh

In a historic and symbolic move, a statue honoring an African-American woman could replace the soon-to-be-removed Stephen Foster statue in Oakland.

Nearly a month ago, the city launched a search to select a woman to honor, and so far, there have been roughly 1,000 responses to an online feedback form. Tuesday is the first of five public meetings for in-person feedback.

The general public doesn’t know a lot about women in history, especially marginalized women including women of color, but this isn’t a new conversation, said Jessie Ramey, director of the Women’s Institute at Chatham University and a member of Pittsburgh’s Task Force on Women in Public Art, which is leading the search. There is ongoing grassroots work by many women of color to preserve these stories.

And, she said,…

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