Marian A. Spencer Statue Fund


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Marian A. Spencer Statue Fund
c/o Woman’s City Club
103 Wm. H. Taft Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 

Who Was Marian

Marian Spencer achieved many firsts: first female president of the local NAACP (1981), first African American woman elected to Cincinnati City Council (1983), and first African American woman to serve as Vice Mayor of Cincinnati (1984). She is especially noted for leading the successful effort to desegregate Coney Island (1952), and the desegregation lawsuit she brought against Cincinnati Public Schools in 1972. She was a founder of Housing Opportunities Made Equal (1969) and co-founding chair of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. She provided decades of leadership to the Charter Committee, NAACP, the University of Cincinnati and many organizations.  Mrs. Spencer’s achievements and awards are too numerous to recount here.

            Marian Spencer was also warm, gracious, and always polite. She stood up fearlessly for what she believed was right and set the example to be smart, be polite and keep on fighting.

Woman’s City Club Commissions a Statue of Marian

Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati has commissioned the first statue of a named woman in Cincinnati for civil rights icon Marian A. Spencer.  Marian was an extraordinary woman of grace and dignity who spent her life working for equality, justice, and her belief that each of us has the ability to make the world a better place. We are asking for your support in this effort.

The Sculpter

The sculptor, Tom Tsuchiya, is well known for his local sculptures, including the bronze statues of former Cincinnati Reds players near the entrance of Great American Ball Park. Please join us in making this happen in order to dedicate the statue on the 100th birthdate of Marian Spencer, June 28, 2020.

Jan Michele Kearney, Owner, CEO, Sesh Communications

Dot Christenson, Biographer Keep on Fighting: The                         

Life and Legacy of Marian A. Spencer