Middle School Arts Teacher, Karen Eutemey will unveil her most recent sculpture art of 10 bas-reliefs in the heart of Nubian Square in Boston at African American Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, August 1 at 1 PM. This project was originally requested by a community group (Veterans and Friends of the Edward Gourdin Statue Project) through The Browne Fund, City of Boston. General Gourdin was a distinguished Black veteran, a judge, and Olympic Silver medalist. Ms. Eutemey’s sculptures represent Black military contributions from the American Revolution to the Iraq war and are featured alongside the Gourdin Statue.
This work has great significance to Ms. Eutemey as it honors not only Black veterans, but also her late cousin, Fern Cunningham-Terry, who was originally commissioned for the work and one of Ms. Eutemey’s collaborators. She says, “It was my cousin’s commission that she worked on for twelve to fifteen years. She took ill and was no longer able to draw, so she asked me to join the project to make drawings. I was later put on contract, along with Fern as an artist team. I have been working on this project for about eight years. It is exciting to be at this completion point, but it is bittersweet because Fern did not get to see the finished product.”
Read more about General Gourdin and African American Veterans Memorial and Park in the Baystate Banner here.
We are so proud of Ms. Eutemey’s countless artistic contributions to the Boston community and are honored to have her share her expertise with students at DCD. Visit the unveiling on August 1st at Gourdin Memorial Park at 1:00 pm!
Justice Edward O. Gourdin Veterans Memorial Park | August 1st, 1:00 pm | 2405 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119