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Manchester Bidwell Corporation celebrates Rosa Parks’ historic contribution to the Civil Rights Movement with installation of portrait sculpture by renowned artist Marla Friedman

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 1, 2015  / PRNewswire

To commemorate the December 1st 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ momentous contribution to the Civil Rights Movement,  Manchester Bidwell Corporation has installed the life sized bronze portrait sculpture, Rosa Parks, “My Soul was Rested,” by acclaimed Chicago portraitist Marla Friedman. Steve Sarowitz, founder and chairman of Paylocity, and his wife Jessica have donated the bronze bust to Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC).

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“MBC’s vision of creating hope for the underserved grew out of the turmoil surrounding the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Without the courage of African American civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, this organization would never have been founded. The thousands of lives impacted by MBC would have remained unchanged and in hopeless situations. We are honored and humbled to have Marla Friedman’s soulful interpretation of “The First Lady of Civil Rights” and that it will be permanently installed as a reminder of how far we have come as a society and the miles we have to go before we rest,” says William E. “Bill” Strickland Jr., President and CEO of MBC.

Marla Friedman shares her thoughts on creating the portrait sculpture of Rosa Parks. “I tried to ‘listen’ and then impart in clay the resolute and spiritual quality of Rosa Parks and her brave pivotal moment in history. In Rosa Parks’ words, when she made the decision not to give up her seat, her ‘Soul was rested.’ I hope the gesture of the sculpture reflects that sense of inner peace and the tranquility of a graceful, momentous life so well lived.”

To view the sculpture, visit Manchester Bidwell Corporation, 1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15233.

About Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its divisions
At Manchester Bidwell Corporation, we have a simple philosophy: environment shapes people’s lives. By constructing an atmosphere of art, light, music, and supportive staff, we help our students to become productive society members.

  • Bidwell Training Center —accredited and state-licensed adult career training programs.
  • Drew Mathieson Center — an urban educational and production greenhouse.
  • Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild’s Youth & Arts — youth development through hands-on art courses.
  • MCG Jazz — jazz music preservation, presentation, and promotion.
  • The National Center for Arts & Technology — replication of the Manchester Bidwell education model throughout the U.S. and the world.

About Marla Friedman
Marla Friedman has developed her art in painting and sculpture with a reverence for the principles founded in the Beaux Arts and the realist tradition. Ms. Friedman’s portraiture is represented exclusively by Hollis Taggart Galleries inNew York City.

Hollis Taggart Galleries
521 W 26th St.
New York, NY  10001
T 212-628-4000


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