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Fortitude

 
 
Fortitude Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2017
1. Fortitude Marker
Inscription.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. commissioned Chicago artist James King to create a sculpture of its Founders. "Fortitude" was dedicated on April 28, 1979. She stands 12' 6" with a 12' hand-to-hand arm span. Sculpted in Corten steel, the metal was designed to oxidize over time to produce the rich bronze tone representing the gradations of pigmentation of the Black woman. Fortitude symbolizes the attributes of strengths, courage, hope, wisdom, beauty and femininity as depicted by Delta's 22 Founders.

Fortitude Plaza is a gift to Howard University from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. It was established in commemoration of the Sorority's Centennial Anniversary and dedicated on July 11, 2013. Designed by four female architectural students under the direction of Dean Emeritus Harry G. Robinson III, the design affirms Fortitude's relationship to Founders Library and restores the original landscape plan conceptualized by Landscape Architect David Williston in 1932.

 
Location. 38° 55.311′ N, 77° 1.18′ W. Marker is in Pleasant Plains, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Howard Place Northwest east of 6th Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20059, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Fortitude Statue with marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, December 29, 2017
2. Fortitude Statue with marker
walking distance of this marker. Sara Winifred Brown, M.D. (within shouting distance of this marker); Phi Beta Sigma (within shouting distance of this marker); Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (within shouting distance of this marker); Day of Honor 2000 (within shouting distance of this marker); Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (within shouting distance of this marker); Centennial Year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andrew F. Hilyer Residence Site (about 400 feet away); Tau Beta Pi (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pleasant Plains.
 
Also see . . .  Delta Sigma Theta. (Submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
 
Categories. African AmericansArts, Letters, MusicFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWomen
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 75 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 29, 2017, by Devry Jones of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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