Nominations Needed for West Lawn Statue

Press release from Alachua County

Alachua County is soliciting nominations for names of prominent, deceased, African American Alachua County citizens to be the basis for a “Call to Artist” for a statue erected on the West Lawn of the County Administration Building (12 S.E. 1st Street, Gainesville).

The statue will be placed on an existing 12′ x 12′ concrete slab. The winning submittal would be the inspiration for a Call to Artist for an artist to fabricate and install the statue. Those who submit ideas are excluded from applying for the Call to Artist to fabricate and install the art.
One-page submittals should include a photo of the nominated individual and up to a 100-word synopsis of why they should be honored. Nominations must be submitted online by midnight, Friday, August 27, 2021.

Submitted nominations will be shortlisted to the top three by the Alachua County Community Remembrance Project Committee and forwarded to the Alachua County Historical Commission for vetting. They will then be sent to the County Commission for final selection.

  • Are they going to do a call of artist thing for a great
    White county American too? I nominate Hanrahan
    For the renewable energy and biomass plant. Oh, they have to be deceased…

  • They should bring back “old joe” and Spend the money saved on fixing the roads…

  • So here we are. This assbackwards liberal community who wants and claims to be inclusive is now going to base a statue not on the merits of a person but the color of their skin. HYPOCRISY at it’s finest! What happened to the giant blow horn?

    Given recent happenings in Gainesville, maybe they should put a statue of a black American on the west lawn and someone else on the west side of Main St shooting at each other.

    • Sorry forgot the name part…”Django gets Tupac.”

      Both are famous, both African American.

  • How about a George Floyd Statue, Or a car with
    Some black youths doing a “drive by’” to memorialize the
    Black Lives Matter movement…and to memorialize
    This african history in GNV and how this was the impetus
    For the social equity movement in GNV..they first have
    To catch the gangbangers to get their likeness. A 3D
    Printer can probably make the mold from their mugshots.

  • >