Laotian American Pepsy Meksamouth Kettavong of Rochester, New York, had a part in preserving American history by creating a memorial for two of America’s famous civil rights activists, Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Both were natives of Rochester.
The life-sized, bronze sculptures, sitting in the middle of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Park, have the suffragist taking tea with fellow activist Frederick Douglass, who championed slavery abolition.
Thirty-two year-old Kettavong was commissioned to create the memorial in 2001. He migrated to the United States with his parents in 1980. The sculptures were unveiled 81 years to the day after American women were extended the right to vote.
Listen to our interview with Meksamouth Kettavong report for details.