The Sophie B Wright statue is a monument honoring the life and contribution of Sophie B Wright – a feminist, educator, healthcare promoter, and advocate for prison reform.
The statue, sculpted by Enrique Alférez, and dedicated in 1988, depicts Wright sitting in an unusual position, looking sideways while holding a book in her hand. Wright’s facial expression portrays her fearless attitude, and her will to educate her community’s children.
It is located at a park that was named after her upon her death in 1912. The park is near the former site of the Home Institute, a day and boarding school for girls which Wright operated.
In July 2020, as part of the global George Floyd Protests, the statue was vandalized with “BLM” (Black Lives Matter) painted all over it in red spray, and a white hood was put on its head, to object of Wright’s support in segregation, and her membership in the Daughters of the Confederacy.
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