Design competition for foot soldiers memorial kicks off - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Design competition for foot soldiers memorial kicks off

The city of Birmingham has started a national competition to design a monument honoring the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights era. The city of Birmingham has started a national competition to design a monument honoring the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights era.
Mayor William Bell and other city leaders announced the design competition kick-off today. Source: WBRC video Mayor William Bell and other city leaders announced the design competition kick-off today. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Birmingham is kicking off a national competition to design a monument honoring the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights movement.

That monument will be housed in Kelly Ingram Park and join the others that give a visual and artistic depiction of that era.

Mayor William Bell says there have been talks of building such a monument for over a year now, and they thought the best way to get the best idea was to open it up to anyone in the nation who would like to submit one.

This national competition will commemorate the efforts of ordinary people who took extraordinary risks on the front lines of the movement. The competition is open to any artist, designer, architect or landscape architect who would like to submit concepts of their ideas for the monument.

The material of choice will be steel, partly because Birmingham is known for its steel, but Mayor Bell added that steel is also what the men and women who were foot soldiers had in their hearts.

The monument is expected to cost $100,000 dollars. The winner of the competition will grab $10,000 for design.

For more information on how to submit a design, go to 50yearsforward.com.

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