Shirley Chisholm Statue to Be Erected in Brooklyn

Chirlane McCray at Prospect Park announcing the monument to be erected in honor of Shirley Chisholm. (Photo by Todd Maisel via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Former Brooklyn Rep. Shirley Chisholm will be honored with a statue, the first of a woman in her home borough following a call for submissions by She Built NYC, first lady Chirlane McCray announced Nov. 30 – on what would be Chisholm’s 94th birthday. The initiative, which works to build monuments in honor of historical women, had received more than 2,000 submissions. The statue of Chisholm will be located at the Parkside entrance to Prospect Park. It will only be the sixth statue of a woman among the more than 90 across the city.

Brooklyn Daily Eagle’s Christina Carrega covered the announcement event, during which McCray spoke of her “Bajan sister”: “The trailblazer in American politics … one of Brooklyn’s favorite daughters, who carved the path for herself and specially women of color.”

Chisholm was a first generation born-American whose mother immigrated from Barbados, West Indies. She grew up in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where she graduated from Girls High School later renamed Boys and Girls High School — and went on to earn a sociology degree from CUNY’s Brooklyn College.

“There were first talks that the statute would be in Manhattan, but we said ‘No! Shirley is Brooklyn!’” said an enthusiastic Councilmember Laurie A. Cumbo at the press conference.

Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to Albany. She was the first woman elected to Congress, where she represented the 12th Congressional District, which covered Lower Manhattan and sections of Brooklyn and Queens. In 1972, she became the first woman to run for president in the Democratic party and the first black woman to run in either party.

Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle to find out why Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said “there is no better place” than Prospect Park to erect the monument and to read more about Chisholm’s legacy both locally and nationally.

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