The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is pleased to announce that Neumann Brothers, Inc. has begun the installation of “A Monumental Journey” at Hansen Triangle Park bordered by Grand and 2nd Avenues, in downtown Des Moines. The world-class public art project, designed by acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall, honors the legacy of African-American lawyers who founded the National Bar Association (NBA) in Des Moines, Iowa in 1925 after being denied membership in the American Bar Association. Their efforts had a profound and permanent impact on our nation at a time that excluded African-American lawyers from mainstream society and the legal profession. A Monumental Journey will memorialize this historic achievement.
The public dedication and celebration of A Monumental Journey will take place at 11:00 a.m. on July 12, 2018. Juan Thomas, NBA President, and Arthenia Joyner, former NBA President, American politician, attorney, and civil rights activist from Florida will speak during the dedication ceremony. A public lecture with the artist Kerry James Marshall will be held later in the day at Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University at 6:00 p.m.