Set to be unveiled this spring, the monument is a nod to the strength and heroism of Philadelphia kids.
By Michaela Winberg via https://billypenn.com
It took 335 years for Philadelphia to erect its first public monument honoring an African American. Up since September 2017, the Octavius Catto statue outside City Hall remembers a 19th century educator and civil rights activist.
Just 18 months later, the city will notch another milestone: its first statue of an African-American girl.
This spring, South Philly’s Smith Recreation Center will become home to a life-sized bronze of a middleschooler playing basketball, frozen in a decisive moment as she guards the ball from opponents unseen.
The installation is the capstone of a handful of upgrades rolled out at the rec center in the last few years, a renovation spearheaded by former Eagle Connor Barwin’s community development nonprofit Make the World Better.
At 26th and Snyder, the playground had long been in a state of disrepair.
“We were looking for a place with a lot of youth, a lot of activity and intense community …