Both the physical and symbolic gateway from downtown Pittsburgh to the city's oldest urban neighborhood, the intersection of Centre Avenue and Crawford Street now called "Freedom Corner" has served for four decades as the focus for marches, demonstrations, protests, and celebrations that promote racial justice and civil rights.
In the 1950s, Pittsburgh's redevelopment efforts demolished much of the Hill District neighborhood, including key landmarks. Eventually, residents successfully demonstrated at this corner to stop more destruction. From that time on, the corner of Centre and Crawford was known as "Freedom Corner" and became the rallying point for local marches and civil rights demonstrations that reflected Dr. Martin Luther King's commitment to nonviolent protest.
On April 22, 2001 a monument was erected to honor this history and the site's importance to the community. The monument consists of four concentric rings, which combine hostilities of the past with a sense of purpose for the future.
Towering over the rings is the "Spiritual Form", cast in bronze, which commemorates the courage of those who applied the principles of nonviolence in the pursuit of human rights. Reflecting optimism and hope, it stands against the "Pages Of History" wall, which moves skyward, signifying progress, knowledge, and growth.
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