Senator Sean Ryan Announces Next Steps For Shirley Chisholm Statue At Forest Lawn Cemetery

Trailblazing Politician To Be Honored With Statue At Her Final  Resting Place – Artists Can Submit Design Proposals Until Dec 1

New York State Senator Sean Ryan joined representatives from Forest Lawn Cemetery and Steering Committee members to announce the next steps in plans for a statue honoring the late Shirley Chisholm. Senator Ryan, in partnership with a steering committee of community stakeholders, announced a call for proposals for a sculpture in honor of Ms. Chisholm. The selected public artwork will be sited on the grounds of Forest Lawn Cemetery, Ms. Chisholm’s final resting place.

An RFP has been issued for the statue, and artists interested in designing the statue are invited to submit proposals until December 1, 2021. Click here for the full RFP if you missed the info sessions contact Zainab Saleh  Initial proposals for the project must be submitted Saleh at by December 1, 2021

Chisholm, who is entombed in Forest Lawn’s Birchwood Mausoleum, made history as the first Black woman to serve in the United States Congress and the first to run for president. The statue will be installed at Forest Lawn Cemetery near the mausoleum in Fall 2022.

Any artist or artist teams working in New York State will be considered. The steering committee strongly encourages artists of color and those based in Western New York to submit proposals. Initial proposals for the project must be submitted to Zainab Saleh at by December 1, 2021. To receive feedback on applications in progress, drafts should be emailed prior to November 15, 2021.

A committee representing community stakeholders will review all submissions for the competition before two finalists are selected. 

A virtual information session will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 to go over all requirements in detail and answer any questions interested artists may have. The full RFP, including details about the information session, can be found here.

The RFP was created in conjunction with the steering committee that is guiding the creation of the statue. Steering Committee members include:

•Legislator April Baskin  •Ruth G. Bryant 

•Dr. Barbara A. Seals Nevergold

•Melissa Brown

•Joseph Dispenza 

•Zainab Saleh 

Above Lead image: Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm announcing her candidacy for presidential nomination. Film negative by photographer Thomas J. O’Halloran, 1972. From the U.S. News & World Report Collection. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. – Wikimedia Commons