Announcing the statues Wednesday at the Brooklyn Museum, the Big Apple’s first lady Chirlane McCray said they will celebrate the lives of teacher and civil rights activist Elizabeth Jennings Graham and singer Billie Holiday. Last November, she announced a monument for civil rights activist and politician Shirley Chisholm.
The SheBuiltNYC program is honoring five women across New York’s five boroughs. Other honorees include public health advocate Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias and lighthouse keeper Katherine Walker.
“We pledge to do better by the leaders, achievers and artists who’ve not gotten their due in the histories written by men,” McCray said. “We cannot tell the story of New York City without recognizing the invaluable contributions of the women who helped build and shape it.”