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December 14, 2016

In the southern most park on the Memphis Riverfront, Chickasaw Heritage Park, stands a sculpture named “Legacies” by Vinnie Bagwell.  The black sculpture of a woman serves as recognition of the multicultural community that created and currently represents Memphis. The piece’s details depict this interwoven story of our region.

 

“The sculpture bequeaths future generations with a glimpse of some of the rich history, which revolves around the Chickasaw Native Americans, African Americas, and Hispanic Americans in Memphis. I have been inspired to weave some of these memories into my concept. The primary three-dimensional figure is a Native-American woman, stading six feet tal in quiet repose, wrapping herself in a blanket made of “skins” against the changing climate” – Vinnie Bagwell

 

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Braile on the drape reads “Legacies”

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1832 is embossed on the hem of the drape: The Chickasaw were one of the “Five Civilized Tribes” who were forced to sell their country in 1832.

 

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Bas-relief images rise out of the hem of the garment. An African woman and child on the front/right: After the Civil War, the United States government made a peace treaty with Chickasaw Native Americas in 1866. It included a provision that they emancipate enslaved Africans and provide them with full citizenship in the nation. These people became known as Chickasaw Freedmen.

 

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Native American Man

 

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Hernando De Soto: The Spanish explorer was the first European in contact with the Chickasaw in 1540.

 

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A guitar player representative of the plethora of blues musicians.

 

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William Christopher Handy, declared “The Father of Blues” over 100 years ago; the blues is the mother of American music.

 

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Cotton plant: Memphis grew into the world’s largest spot-cotton market.

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Mexican Woman: The origin of the Chickasaws is uncertain. Noted 19th-century historian Horatio Cushman thought the Chickasaw may have had origins in present-day Mexico and migrated North.


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America Docking

Friday, April 28th 8:45 am

The America will arrive in Memphis at Beale Street Landing at 8:45 a.m. and will leave the following day at 1:30 p.m. American Cruise Lines’ introduced the America to the Mississippi River in early 2016. The America embodies a casual ambiance and relaxed atmosphere, while providing panoramic views of the passing scenery.

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