Adams Celebration Committee to See New Young Susan Statue Design
iBerkshires.com reports the Adams Suffrage Centennial Celebration Committee will consider changes to the "young Susan" statue design.
Committee member William Kolis told the committee Thursday that he has been in contact with sculptor Brian Hanlon who is finishing up alterations to the statue of Susan B. Anthony as a young girl to make it more historically accurate.
The town plans to hold a celebration in 2020 marking Anthony's 200th birthday and the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote. The committee was formed a few years ago to steer this process and set a goal of $300,000 to fund the celebration and erect a statue to the civil and voting rights activist who was born on East Road.
The statue will be of adult Susan and young Susan. Designs were nearing completion but the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace and Museum pointed out a historical inaccuracy in the original design of young Susan's garb, specifically with her vest.
The group agreed to wait until they actually see the change before taking a vote. The adult Susan has already been approved.
The group has secured enough funding for the statue portion of the celebration and have raised $204,306, which includes a recent $5,000 donation from Big Y.
Committee member and Selectman Joseph Nowak also had a $10,000 check in hand from the town bringing the amount to $214,306.