Artist Vinnie Bagwell of Yonkers, NY was selected to sculpt a realistic bronze of Richard Tucker for the Richard A. Tucker Memorial Library in Norfolk, Virginia. Bas-relief details will highlight the story of Mr. Tucker and the community. The artwork will be placed near the entrance to the new building.

The Richard A. Tucker School will be the backdrop of the bas-relief.
• Elementary-school children will be assembled in the middle ground
• Richard A. Tucker will be in the foreground*
(* Remembering that this artwork is allegorical not literal.)
• The Timeline**
1850 – Birthdate
1863 – Emancipation Proclamation
1924 – Death
1942 – Renaming of the school
(** Additional dates may be added)

The artwork will tell the story of the rich culture and history of the Campostella neighborhood and make a statement about the community and their contributions to society. The thought-provoking artwork will both represent and connect with the neighborhood. The artwork will address history and the untold stories of the past while pointing to the future. Campostella has embraced STEM ideas in their schools and in this new library. The 7ft. realistic bronze sculpture will be mounted on a black granite pedestal and finished with a polished black patina.

Note: The latest progress photo as of September 2022 is the bronze head above

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