The VIPP Report: The first African American secretary for the Smithsonian visits KCAAH in Louisville


By Sherlene M. Shanklin

On September 25th at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage they hosted An Extraordinary Evening with Dr. Lonnie Bunch.

Dr. Bunch is the 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute.  That consists of 19 museums, nine research centers and the National Zoo.  He was previously the founding director of the National Museum of African American History.

The Heritage Center is located a 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Boulevard in Louisville, Ky.

See link for my photo gallery Dr. Lonnie Bunch in Louisville, Ky

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The VIPP Report: The Prince of Wales meets with Sculptor Ed Hamilton during his visit to Louisville




By Sherlene Shanklin

World renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton and his wife Bernadette had the wonderful opportunity to meet the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall made a trip to the United States and Louisville, KY was on their schedule.  The Hamilton family met the royal couple on Friday in an intimate meet and greet.   

Hamilton has many works all over the world. He created the Spirit of Freedom”. That was the first National Memorial in the District of Columbia has achieved worldwide acclaim.
That was a tribute to the Colored Soldiers and Sailors of the Civil War now stands at 10th and U Streets NW in Washington D.C. It was dedicated on July 18, 1998.
Other public memorials of note include the Amistad Memorial in New Haven, CT. 1992, the Joe Louis Memorial dedicated at Cobo Hall in 1987, the
Booker T. Washington Memorial dedicated May 12, 1984, Whitney M. Young Jr. dedicated in Frankfort, Kentucky on the Kentucky State University campus, October 9, 1998, the Lenny Lyles Memorial dedicated October 13, 2000 at Cardinal Park Complex, on the University of Louisville campus.
Ed created a Memorial to honor York, the slave of William Clark, who was a vital part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806. The 8’ ft. heroic Bronze is mounted on a four foot sculpted natural rock is
on the Belvedere in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.
The York Memorial was part of the Bicentennial celebration of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the Corps of Discovery. The Abraham Lincoln Memorial at Waterfront Plaza is a memorial that consists of a twelve-ft. scale bronze of  Abraham Lincoln as he is sitting on a sculpted rock. Also there are four bas-relief bronze plaques, 4×6 scale.  The Lincoln Memorial was dedicated on June 4, 2009 at Waterfront Park, Louisville Kentucky.  In 2014, he unveiled The Unfinished March of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Newport News, Virginia. 
I spoke to Hamilton this evening and he and his family are still excited about the experience.  He never thought he would have this opportunity but he has great friends and when the opportunity presented itself he was able to meet the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. 
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The VIPP Report: Sculptor Ed Hamilton’s latest project unveiled of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


The VIPP Report: I wanted to share with you some exclusive photos of Sculptor Ed Hamilton at work. I watched Hamilton carefully work his way up and down the piece carefully defining creases in the sleeve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s jacket to Hamilton looking him in the eyes as if they were talking. To see a visionary in the arts create the likeness of another visionary in the civil rights movement was truly a historic moment. I even caught him closing his eyes as if he was trying to remember Dr. King and his image. Hamilton had this determination in his eyes that everything had to be perfect before he sent it to be bronzed. This weekend his vision came to life.

The City of Newport News commissioned the Louisville artist to create “The Unfinished March”. It’s a bas relief of Dr. King along with the men, women and children walking along side of the civil right leader is located at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza at 25th and Jefferson Avenue.

Hamilton says “I’m truly humbled and honored that the City of Newport News asked me to recreate a moment in Civil Rights that marked a significant piece of history. People from all over the world will be able to see how I captured Dr. King and other civil right leaders walk for freedom, justice and opportunity. When you walk away, I want it to give you a sense of pride and hope for the future.”

Other works Hamilton has designed is the 16th President of the United States and Kentucky native Abraham Lincoln with the Lincoln Memorial which is located along the Ohio River in downtown Louisville. He’s known for but not limited to is The Booker T. Washington Memorial in Hampton, VA, Spirit of Freedom in Washington D.C., Joe Louis Memorial in Detroit, MI and the Amistad Memorial in New Haven, CT.
Hamilton has an autobiography, “The Birth of An Artist: A Journey of Discovery” (Chicago Spectrum Press). The book outlines his journey from hopeful art student in Louisville, Kentucky to nationally acclaimed sculptor.


To learn more about Ed Hamilton and his works contact VIPP Communications at 502-582-7716 or by email

(Click link to see photos of the Hamilton working on “The Unfinished March”)


Louisville Sculptor Ed Hamilton’s African American Civil War Memorial is in this month’s Ebony


The VIPP Report:  In the February edition of Ebony Magazine renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton has one of his pieces featured.  The African American Civil War Memorial began in 1992 as a Bill in Congress presented by Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District of Columbia. Work began to develop the site and select an artist to design the commemorative art piece. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities commissioned The Spirit of Freedom designed by artist Ed Hamilton from Louisville, KY.  To learn more about Hamilton contact