On September 21st, Washington D.C.’s popular museum Newseum will unveil a sculpture of Alice Allison Dunnigan, the first African American woman to have press credentials to cover the White House and Congress.
During her historic tenure as a journalist, Dunnigan faced constant scrutiny and hardship because of her race and gender. She famously said “Race and sex were twin strikes against me. I’m not sure which was the hardest to break down.”
However, this sculpture will only be in Washington, D.C. for a limited time. It will be on display at the Newseum through mid-December. After being at the Newseum, the sculpture will be transported to the grounds of the West Kentucky African American Heritage Center in Dunnigan’s hometown where it will be a part of a park honoring the civil rights movement. Read more about the sculpture and the opening here.
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