The City of Salem has launched the Charlotte Forten Memoiral project to commission a life size bronze statue in honor of Charlotte Forten Gremke, in her namesake park in Salem MA. Once completed, the work will be located in Charlotte Forten Park, 289 Derby Street, Salem, Massachusetts. This modern memorial will be a permanent piece of public art intended to provide the community with a sense of belonging and connectedness to the space while also sharing information about Forten’s life and her connection to Salem.
The public art competition is open to all interested artists and artists teams at least 18 years old and residents of the United States. Artists and artists teams that identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and female are strongly encouraged to apply. Local artists or artists teams who live or work in Salem or the North Shore are strongly encouraged to apply.