Officials are seeking public input in naming the new sculpture that will be installed at the recently dedicated Isom Clemon Civil Rights Memorial Park in downtown Mobile.
The pocket park, located at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, Congress Street and Hamilton Avenue, will soon host a larger-than-life statue of Civil Rights leader Isom Clemon as well as a
metal angel sculpture commissioned by Downtown Mobile Alliance and created by local artists Charles Smith and Frank Ledbetter.
Downtown Mobile Alliance is currently holding a public engagement contest to name the sculpture. Information about the sculpture and the name submission form are available here.
Isom Clemon (Oct. 18, 1919 – April 16, 1994) led the International Longshoreman’s Association Local 1410, a labor union established in 1936 to represent the City of Mobile's African American longshoremen. Clemon was also one of the co-founders of the Alabama Democratic Conference (ADC), founded in 1960 to help African Americans gain political access. He was instrumental in helping get the first African American delegates from Alabama seated at a Democratic National Convention. When renovations are complete, the Isom Clemon Civil Rights Memorial Park will include a play area, the colors of which were selected after consultation with schoolchildren at nearby Florence Howard Elementary. The park will also include seating areas, sidewalks, and plants. Construction should be complete by the end of 2023.
More information about the park and its dedication is available here.