The Collegiate: Statue Dedicated to Helen Claytor on GRCC Campus

Photos and Story by Jonathan D. Lopez

Wednesday marked the unveiling of the statue of Helen Claytor, the first African American president of the Grand Rapids YWCA and later the national president of the YWCA in 1967.  The statue is the sixth addition to the Grand Rapids Community Legends Project, commemorating Claytor for her civil rights activism and leadership.

The bronze sculpture by Jay Hall Carpenter was funded by the Secchia Family Foundation.  It is located in GRCC’s Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

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