Formerly named "Frawley Circle", the traffic circle was renamed "Duke Ellington Circle" in 1995. In 1997, a 25 feet (7.6 m) tall statue by sculptor Robert Graham, depicting the Muses — nine nude caryatids — supporting a grand piano and Duke Ellington on their heads was erected in the middle of the shallow amphitheater composing the circle. Though the circle diverts the flow of 110th street, Fifth Avenue maintains a direct route through the intersection.
“Swing Low is an important commemoration of Harriet Tubman’s fight against slavery, and is fast becoming an icon for the community,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. “The Percent for Art program integrates artists into design planning for City spaces, and Alison Saar’s extraordinary sculpture on this site proves what is possible when contemporary art and smart civic architecture come together.”
This is the statue of abolitionist, statesman and orator, Frederick Douglass located at the northwest corner of Central Park in Harlem. The 8-foot bronze statue is surrounded by a fountain memorial that is emblazoned with quotations and located a traffic circle at the corner of 110th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard — known as the Gateway to Harlem.
This figure of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., who represented Harlem in Congress from 1945 to 1970, strides dramatically up an incline in the forlornly windswept plaza that fronts the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building in Harlem.
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