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Statue of Alice Allison Dunnigan Debuts At Newseum

Posted at 4:10 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 16:10:34-04

WASHINGTON D.C. (LEX 18)– A statue was unveiled at the Newseum in Washington D.C. Friday, honoring the daughter of a Kentucky sharecropper.

Alice Allison Dunnigan went on to become the first African American woman journalist to cover the White House.

Dunnigan fought to fulfill her dream of becoming a journalist, facing barriers of poverty, racism, and sexism. She became the head of the Associated Negro Press Washington Bureau in 1947.

The bronze statue was sculpted by Lexington artist Amanda Matthews.

It will be on view at the Newseum until December 16.