Sculptor Dana King, the Smithsonian-affiliated Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), the San Francisco African American Chamber of Commerce, Maafa, and Illuminate proudly invite you to support this new work of monumental public art in the heart of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
Monumental Reckoning creates a sweeping throughline from America’s original sin of 250 years of slavery, to the evolution and imposition of a brutal and pervasive color-based caste system, to this moment of racial reckoning across America.
Sculptor Dana King, will install 350 ancestral figures, encircling and interrogating the vacant plinth of the Frances Scott Key which was partially toppled by protesters last Juneteenth. We must include a fearless examination and true-telling of our history.
Monumental Reckoning also includes the universal beckoning to Lift Every Voice. The words of civil rights champion James Weldon Johnson, author of the defacto Black national anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing, will be installed above the historic Spreckels Temple of Music in honor of his 150th birthday which falls on Juneteenth this year.
Join sculptor Dana King, our constellation of powerful Black women coming together in support of Monumental Reckoning, and support this far-reaching and bold effort created for Black people–but with a message applicable to all people that will be experienced by millions of parkgoers, centering the national movement for justice in a beloved and accessible public space.
The time for this effort is NOW.