Dedication of Frederick Douglass monument is Wednesday

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Feb. 12—The public dedication of the monument "Frederick Douglass in Terre Haute" will take place at noon Wednesday at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Terre Haute.

The Douglass Project celebrates the work of the 19th Century abolitionist and civil rights pioneer, who visited Terre Haute several times.

Artist Bill Wolfe has created the large bronze bas relief of Douglass.

Local historian Crystal Mikell Reynolds partnered with the PIKE Fraternity at Indiana State University in the endeavor.

Also attending will be Mayor Brandon Sakbun, former Mayor Duke Bennett, Wolfe and others.

The unveiling and ribbon-cutting ceremony will start at noon in the lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn, former site of the Terre Haute House, "which Douglass bravely desegregated," Reynolds said in a news release.

Refreshments will be provided by Federal Coffee & Fine Foods, the Hilton and Baesler's Market.

The program will include multiple speakers inside the Garden Inn, and guests will then go outside for the unveiling.

"This project will not only assure that the story of Frederick Douglass' remarkable work is told for future generations, but will provide another reason for both residents and guests to visit our increasingly inviting downtown," Reynolds stated.

The event is free and open to all.

In addition to street parking, parking is available at the Hilton Garden Inn during the time of the event (limited spaces) and at the Convention Center for a $1 per hour.