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Dec 02, 2020

Artist Honors 100th Anniversary of Women’s Voting Rights with Sculpture at Brookdale

From left: President of Brookdale Community College Dr. David Stout, Trustee Barbara Horl, Artist Brian Hanlon, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Tracey Abby-White and Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon

Brian Hanlon always takes a celebratory approach to each commission. The artist’s goal is to inspire, awe, and memorialize. On Nov. 2, the day before Election Day, Hanlon dedicated a sculpture to Brookdale Community College, in the MAS main lobby. The sculpture is a representation of a triumphant moment when all those brave women walked to Washington D.C. to enact the 19th Amendment.

“This important milestone deserves a historical and spiritual permanent marker,” Hanlon said. “I hope the women who walk in and out of the building feel the impact of the statue and have the courageous spirit, like the women before them to succeed.”

Freeholder Lillian G. Burry stated, “Here, on the eve of Election Day, with millions of votes that have already been cast, it’s hard to imagine a time when women had no vote. I cannot imagine what my life would have been like if I could not have fully participated in civic life. I think of Susan B. Anthony standing outside of Independence Hall in Philadelphia on July 4, 1876, reading the declaration of the rights of women of the US and the sculpture of her in that moment by Brian Hanlon.”

Monmouth County Clerk Christine Hanlon also spoke at the event and said, “This beautiful sculpture will remind us all and countless future generations of the fight for women’s suffrage and, more importantly, inspire them to cherish and preserve the rights established by the 19th amendment that we are here to celebrate today.”

On the southern end of the campus, in the Student Life Center, is the Martin Luther King Jr. Lounge.

“We now have two markers of those moments in time when people had to fight to be fully recognized citizens of our American democracy,” said President of Brookdale Community College David Stout. “We are so excited to have the statue here. So many of our students will walk through those doors, and when they enter this building, it’s the first thing they are going to see.”

Hanlon’s work prompts the viewer’s mind to contemplate what has been and dream of what’s possible. With both obvious and introspective hand-crafted details rarely found in mixed media work, Hanlon honors icons, legends and moments of significance. He has received national and local awards and commendations for his commissions, which primarily encompass the civic, historic and athletic sectors.

Brookdale, the county college of Monmouth, is a dynamic community college system committed to student success, lifelong learning, economic development and the common good of society. For more information about Brookdale Community College, visit BrookdaleCC.edu.