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19 - 22 || Auburn Avenue / Downtown

Artist: Brian Owens (b. Detroit, 1958, r. Deltona, FA)

Commemorative relief sculptures located along Auburn Avenue pay tribute to the lives and contributions of four community leaders: James Tate, Carrie Steele Logan, Alice Dugged Cary, and Wesley Chapel Redding. Each sculpture mounted on a granite pylon is a bas relief portrait of the honored individual and includes text about his or her contribution to the development of the “Sweet Auburn” community. The artist was chosen through CODA’s nationwide Call for Artists initiative.

Photo Credit (Right): Morgan Beasley

MATERIALS: Bronze, granite


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Atlanta Bas Relief - Auburn AveJAMES TATE
Tate, a former slave, was among the five wealthiest African Americans living in Atlanta—amassing his fortune within ten years of his arrival on Auburn Avenue in the 1860s.

Bas Relief - 21” w x 26” h x 1” d
Pylon – 27’ w x 16” d x 71” h

LOCATION: Auburn Avenue west of Courtland Street

This sculpture pays tribute to an African American woman who started an orphanage on Auburn Avenue in the late 1800’s to rescue homeless Auburn Avenuechildren from life on the streets.

Bas Relief - 17” w x 27” h x 1” d
Pylon – 27” w x 16” d x 71” h

LOCATION: Auburn Avenue Research Library

Atlanta from the AshesALICE DUGGED CARY
Cary was an educator and school principal who fought to open the first public library for African Americans in Atlanta, and later became its first librarian.

Bas Relief – 22” w x 27” h x 1-1/2” d
Pylon – 26” w x 16” d x 70” h

LOCATION: Auburn Avenue near Hilliard Street

A former slave, Redding greatly influenced commerce on Auburn Avenue with his business, legal, and banking skills.

DIMENSIONS: Bas Relief – 22” w x 26” h x 1” d
Pylon – 27” w x 16” d x 71” h

LOCATION: Auburn Avenue at Jackson Street

Corporation for Olympic Development in Atlanta (CODA)
Installation: 1996