Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Celebration of Life
The Arthur Boke and Sarah Sullivant Statue Project
Arthur Boke Jr was the first African-American resident of Franklinton, Ohio. His story tells far more than the color of his skin. It is a story of love, selflessness, compassion, and understanding expressed by Sarah Sullivant. Her example reaches out to humanity with a mother's pure love that accepts all human beings as equal, who share each other's burdens, listen to each other's stories, and learn what it is to live in harmony.
It was Sarah Sullivant, who with her husband Lucas - founder of Columbus, made the story of Arthur Boke Jr.
In 1803, Sarah had just given birth to a son, when several days later she found at her doorstep an abandoned baby of a slave. It is what happened next that lifts the story into the rare.
Sarah, filled with the love for her own new-born son, could not bear to leave the abandoned baby without help. Urged on by a humanity seldom seen in those days, she took the baby, and along with her own new son, nursed both to a strong and healthy childhood.
Named Arthur Boke Jr. by the Sullivants, the baby was adopted by the family and lived as son and brother until his passing in 1841.
Presented here as a modern tribute to the Sullivant's expression of love is "Celebration of Life," a sculpture celebrating the family's deed, and enshrining in bronze, a symbol of how all humankind can make this a better world, one child at a time.
Color Me colorless,
I see no color,
Color Me colorless
There's no true color.
I'm as pure as crystal,
The sparkling stars,
The falling rain,
And glittering dew drops
My true color's crystal clear.
Color's for the simple Minds.
Color Me colorless,
I see no color,
Feel no color,
I'm crystal clear
for everyone to see.
By Buelina "Bea" Murphy - Poet
I am a Survivor of the Holocaust,
the Worst Genocide in History.
Hatred is Destruction.
I Gained Freedom When I came
to the United States of America.
I Donated this work to tell
"Freedom, Hope, and Respect,
Alfred Tibor -
Erected 2004 by Buelina "Bea" Murphy, Alfred Tibor, and The Franklinton Historical Society, The HIlltop Historical Society, The Greater Hilltop Community Development Corporation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Charity & Public Work • Civil Rights • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1803.
Location. 39° 57.702′ N, 83° 0.406′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. 40) and Washington Boulevard, on the right when traveling west on Broad Street. Monument is near the west bank of the Scioto River. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scioto River Historical Marker (a few steps from this marker); World War Memorial Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Memorial Bridge (a few steps from this marker); Central High School (within shouting distance of this marker); Broad Street Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Grove (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Purple Heart Memorial (about 500 feet away); Soldiers Cross Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
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Also see . . .
1. Sarah Sullivant. (Submitted on September 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Alfred Tibor. (Submitted on September 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,387 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.