SENECA FALLS – In September, four 8-foot-tall statues depicting women’s suffrage leaders Laura Cornelius Kellogg, Harriet Tubman, Martha Coffin Wright and Sojourner Truth will be placed on the north side of East Bayard Street near the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. They will join the existing statues of Amelia Bloomer featuring the first suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
Until then, people can see miniature versions of the new statues at the Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center at 89 Fall St.
Miniature versions of the “Ripples of Change” statues were unveiled on July 9th. Designed by acclaimed sculptor Jane DeDecker, they will eventually be moved from East Bayard Street across from Generations Bank headquarters to a permanent home in People’s Park – with the National Women’s Hall of Fame on the south side of the canal as a backdrop. The statues will be part of planned renovations and improvements to People’s Park, which will be funded in part through funding from the state’s $ 10 million downtown revitalization initiative.
The Centennial Women’s Suffrage Commission has partnered with the Town of Seneca Falls and Seneca Falls Development Corp. about the project.
“It has been an incredible journey since the concept was first introduced to us in early 2020,” said SFDC Board Chair Joell Murney-Karsten, “and it has been a pleasure working with the Commission and the Town of Seneca Falls to make this possible for our residents and visitors.
“It was an honor to work with the commission and artist Jane DeDecker to bring all the creatives together,” added SFDC Executive Director Greg Zellers.
“With the artist’s original ‘Ripples of Change’ statues now on display at the Seneca Falls Heritage and Tourism Center, people can tour and see the incredible level of detail that went into each of the four statues,” said the city supervisor, Mike Ferrara. “It will be a wonderful new addition to our city for the enjoyment of generations.”