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Celebration of Life

The Arthur Boke and Sarah Sullivant Statue Project

 
 
Celebration of Life image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2010
1. Celebration of Life
Inscription.

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. The Sullivant children, especially Joseph, whom Arthur helped raise as a loved brother, made sure Arthur was buried in the family plot. It was a testament to Arthur's inclusion in the Sullivant
Celebration of Life image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2010
2. Celebration of Life
Looking northeast.
family. It was an example for future generations that love bridges even the deepest of divides.

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
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

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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
Coming Generations:
"Freedom, Hope, and Respect,
Celebrate Life."
Alfred Tibor - Sculptor

 
Erected 2004 by Buelina "Bea" Murphy, Alfred Tibor, and The Franklinton Historical Society, The HIlltop Historical Society, The Greater
Celebration of Life Tibor Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2010
3. Celebration of Life Tibor Marker
Hilltop Community Development Corporation.
 
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. Touch for map. Monument is near the west bank of the Scioto River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Broad Street, Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
 
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); John Brickell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Toledo and Ohio Central Railroad Station / Macklin Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Refugee Tract (approx. mile 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.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,153 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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