Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-07-16 11:46:52 –
Memphis, Tennessee (WREG) — A week celebrating the life and heritage of journalists and civil rights pioneers Ida B. Wells Friday culminates in downtown Memphis.
The statue and square of Ida B. Wells will be officially unveiled on Beale Street on Friday morning.
Dr. Lasimva Gray, chairman of the Memphis Memorial Committee, a group dedicated to the construction of the statue, had WREG of Nexstar take a peek at the statue’s unveiling ceremony.
“I personally say it’s one of the most satisfying jobs I’ve ever done, and it’s never too late for the city of Memphis to do the right thing,” Gray said. I am.
A 6-foot-high life-sized statue was erected in the First Baptist Beer Street Church next to where Wells published the newspaper. Wells was born on July 16, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, as a slave, and lived and worked in Memphis for 10 years.
“From here she started her job. She came here in search of a better paid job in education, ended up in journalism, and then became a national figure in journalism,” Gray said. “All black newspapers in the country wanted Aida B. Wells to write for them.”
Wells often writes about confronting injustice, racism, and lynching.
“I’m very happy,” Turner said. “It’s great to see this black woman standing here telling the truth and letting others know that you also have to tell the truth.”
In the late 1800s, Wells unfairly opposed lynching against African Americans. Many feel that her work is a model of the problems that many still face today.
“We have uprisings, rebellions and riots in our country’s capital. Democracy is on the operating table in the intensive care unit. So now, Aida B. Wells has raised us this kind of concern. Gives us a model to deal with, “Gray said.
“If more people speak like Ida B. Wells, tell the truth, and expose the fear of atrocities and injustice, we could make the whole country better.” Said Turner.
Gray hopes that others will be inspired today as he looks at the only statue in the world celebrating the heritage of Ida B. Wells.
“You will see the image of a woman who fought when the odds looked invincible, a woman who stood up with the courage to tell the truth to power … If she did it 130 years ago, we still today. You can do that, “Gray said.
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