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Statue to honor civil rights icon Marian Spencer

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The announcement of a $100,000 fundraising effort for the city’s first statue to honor a woman was a history-making moment in Cincinnati.

Civil rights icon Marian Spencer will be honored with a statue that will be located just inside the entrance to Smale Park on the riverfront. The statue was commissioned by the Woman’s City Club. It is the first statue to honor a specific noteworthy woman in the city of Cincinnati.

“I think of her in terms of her leadership and the manner in which she led issues that were not only important to her, but became important to the whole community,” County Commissioner Denise Driehaus said.

Spencer died in July, a short time after her 99th birthday. Her work in civil and human rights in the city and ultimately the nation are legendary.

Nationally known sculptor Tom Tsuchiya has been asked to design the statue. Tsuchiya is best known for designing all the statues outside Great American Ballpark, and he’s also the artist for the Baseball Hall of Fame plaques.

“All the people I have captured in sculptures have always been special, but I have to say Marian Spencer is, like, extra special because of her specific achievement of integrating society (and) bringing people together,” Tsuchiya said.

The statute will be life-size with Spencer holding the hand of a child.

To donate to the fundraising effort you can contact the Woman’s City Club, located at 103 William Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati, OH 45219 or visit

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