The Octavius V. Catto Memorial Fund has commissioned a large-scale work of art celebrating the life and legacy of Octavius Valentine Catto, a prominent 19th-century African-American scholar, teacher and civil rights leader whose advocacy for equal voting rights for African Americans led to his untimely death in 1871 at the age of 32.
The sculptor Branly Cadet, known for multifaceted public and private sculptural commissions, was selected by jury in 2013 to design the memorial, located on the southwest apron of Philadelphia's City Hall. A Quest for Parity: The Octavius V. Catto Memorial will be unveiled in the fall of 2017.
Artist; Department Chair, Moore College of Art and Design (retired)
Chief Operating Officer, Graves Dermacare: Private Art Collector
Lisa Tremper Hanover
Director, James A. Michener Art Museum
Senior Curator, Philadelphia Museum of Art
Helen Shannon, Ph.D.
Program Director, Museum Education, University of the Arts