New York City has only a few statues of historic women. This pioneering African American will be the next

Now, there’s about to be another.

Elected to the US House of Representatives from New York in 1968, Chisholm also became the first black candidate to seek a major party’s presidential nomination and a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus. Oh, and she was Brooklyn born and bred.

It’s no surprise, then, that she was chosen to be memorialized first as part of a new NYC initiative that aims to add statues of groundbreaking historical women around the city.

Shirley Chisholm speaks at the 1972 Democratic National Convention in Miami Beach, Florida.
She Built NYC is an advisory panel that was officially rolled out in June of this year. According to a release from Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s office, She Built is a “new effort to commission a public monument or artwork on City property that honors women’s history in New York City.”

Jane Meyer, the Deputy Press Secretary for the Mayor’s…

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