Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Crabman statue looks remarkably like Frederick Douglass

O.K. so it's not actually Darnell, played by Eddie Steeples, from My Name Is Earl, but it resembles him. This statue of Frederick Douglass has been under wraps for over two years. There's a long story about the disaster of this sculpture because no one fact-checked the folklore that it was based on before commissioning or installing it.

Excerpt from the New York Times:

It’s “a myth, bordering on a hoax,” said David Blight, a Yale University historian who has written a book about Douglass and edited his autobiography. “To permanently associate Douglass’s life with this story instead of great, real stories is unfortunate at best.”

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