Jane DeDecker, FNSS, Installs Daisy Gaston Bates Sculpture
In November, Jane DeDecker installed her bronze portrait of Daisy Gaston Bates in Little Rock, AR. The bronze of the civil rights activist, Arkansas NAACP president, and pioneering black journalist (1914-1999), is situated in Vogel Schwartz Sculpture Park in her former hometown. The portrait is just one acknowledgment of Bates’ legacy in the river town which also boasts a Daisy Bates Museum, several named streets, and a “Daisy Bates Day” celebrated the third Monday of February every year. The bust also includes a plaque with a quote by the human rights advocate: “When hate won’t die, use it for good.” The outdoor sculpture walk winds along the Arkansas River and includes 90 works of art in its collection.