Atlanta artist Ayokunle Odeleye and his team arrived in Wilmington on July 11 to install the sculptural elements of the 1898 Memorial. Mr. Odeleye and his crew installed six cast-bronze paddles, each reaching 16 feet in height and weighing approximately 1,000 pounds. They also installed two free-standing, curvilinear, faux-stone forms topped with brass plaques which recount the history of the events of 1898 and name the 10 major donors to the project.
The City of Wilmington and the 1898 Foundation will host an official dedication ceremony for the park on November 8, 2008.
According to the mission statement of the 1898 Foundation, the 1898 Memorial Park is intended to “tell the story” of 1898 and its legacy; “honor the memory” of those harmed by the violence of 1898 and those who have worked for racial progress since those times; “heal the wounds” through creating a space of beauty and a site for reconciliation; and “foster the hope” by envisioning an inclusive society.