The City of Rochester says it is looking to create a replacement for the racist panel that used to be on the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park.
Tuesday, the city and the Rochester Museum and Science Center put out a call to local artists to create an image of a black panther (the animal) for the carousel. Interested artists are asked to submit sketches to the museum by May 13. You can click here for more information.
After much debate, and years of work, in 2017 the controversial panel, which featured pic-a-ninny caricatures of two black children, was removed from the 112-year-old carousel.
The panel was moved to the Rochester Museum and Arts Center where it was added to an exhibit discussing racism.
The controversial pickaninny panel formerly on the Denzel Carousel will be replaced by an image of a black panther — a symbol of grace and strength. Thank you to the Take it Down Committee and @rocRMSC for your partnership! pic.twitter.com/ZtkHcOx3HZ— City of Rochester NY (@CityRochesterNY) April 17, 2018