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Meet Vinegar Hill Sculptor Melvin Edwards

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A nationally-known artist is coming to Charlottesville Tuesday. He's beginning work on a sculpture for the historic Vinegar Hill neighborhood, and he's looking for your help.

New York-based sculptor Melvin Edwards has been commissioned to create the sculpture at the Jefferson School.

A panel of jurors selected Edwards out of three candidates to design a monument in honor of Vinegar Hill.  Vinegar Hill was a thriving black neighborhood, until it was destroyed for economic development.

Tuesday Edwards will meet with the public to get feedback about the designs.

Frank Walker was on the panel that picked Edwards, and he hopes the sculpture will represent the community he grew up in. "To know the artist is to give him information of what happened historically here so that he can get a feel for the piece of art to be created that will be immortalized for generations to come," he said.

The public meetings to get to know the artist will take place Tuesday at 2 p.m., at CitySpace and at 6 p.m., at Zion Union Baptist Church, then Wednesday at 6 p.m., at City Council chambers.

This will be the first community commissioned sculpture in Charlottesville since 1926.

Edwards is contracted to finish the mockup designs by January 1, but people involved with the project say he's expecting to finish as early as December 1.

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