Local school unveiled new artwork featuring Lincoln and Douglass

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — A new piece of artwork honoring two well respected and prominent historical figures was unveiled at School No. 22 on Wednesday.

The sculpture depicts one of the many encounters between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It was created by local artist Shawn Dunwoody with some help from students at Rochester School of the Arts.

“While this relief being in place in the school there is a small curriculum that can be built around it,” Dunwoody said.

“Some of the best things about it is it’s tactile you can actually touch it. It’s not a piece of artwork that someone’s going to say, ‘Don’t touch it! Don’t touch it!’ You can actually touch Douglass’s hands or the chair that Abraham Lincoln is sitting on or touch shoes. It’s really more an introduction to these to figures and an introduction to art.”

The project was made possible through the School Modernization Program, infusing art into schools.

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