This year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the executive order that freed every slave in any territory that did not return itself to Union control by January 1, 1863. Though slavery continued to exist in the five slave states that fought on the Union side, it had the immediate effect of freeing millions of enslaved Africans in the South as the Union troops advanced.
This unfinished bust of Frederick Douglass is the third in a series I am working on, which focuses on the heroes of the abolitionist movement. The first two were of Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman, who were both sculpted in high relief, almost like a death mask. This piece is a departure from those two because it is sculpted in the round.
Presently waiting for another order of this clay body to finish the base….