Public votes on artwork to replace ‘racist’ carousel panel

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A Rochester artist’s work will replace the controversial carousel panel on the Dentzel Carousel at Ontario Beach Park.

The panel shows black children fearing animals in a form of pic-a-ninny art. The decision to replace the panel was almost three years in the making. 

On Saturday, dozens of people voted to change the face on the century old carousel. Local artist, Michael DeLuca received the most votes with his depiction of a black panther. 

“I was inspired by the black panther itself. I wanted to contribute my ability to show the power, grace and spirit of the animal,” said DeLuca. 

The City of Rochester will pay DeLuca $2,000 for his work. 

The carousel is currently under renovation but when it re-opens, the new panel will be up. Meanwhile, the original panel will be housed at the Rochester Museum and Science Center as part of a local African-American History exhibit. 

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