Posted on 11/04/2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
A power struggle over a proposed Maya Angelou monument in San Francisco has ended.
Artist Lava Thomas was originally chosen in 2019 to design the monument, but the project’s legislative sponsor disliked Thomas’s concept, prompting the city to take back its offer.
This past Monday, reports the New York Times, the San Francisco Arts Commission unanimously voted to approve a 2019 recommendation that Thomas design the sculpture honoring the late writer.
Thomas told the Times that she has received apologies from several officials, including the legislator whose disapproval provoked the whole drama.
She will receive $250,000 to complete the monument destined to stand outside of San Francisco’s central library.
The Times didn’t say whether Thomas would stick with her original design, which included a nine-foot-tall bronze book with an image of Angelou as well as quotes from her.
Angelou, best known for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, attended high school in San Francisco and became the city's first African-American female streetcar conductor at age fourteen.
She died May 28, 2014.
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