Green-Wood Cemetery Unveils Bronze Sculpture of Black Moccasin by John Coleman

the greeter Green Wood Cemetery Unveils Bronze Sculpture of Black Moccasin by John Coleman

John Coleman, “The Greeter.” Photo by: John Coleman (Courtesy Linden Alschuler & Kaplan Public Relations)

On July 28 at 1:00 p.m., Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn will unveil a bronze statue of Black Moccasin, chief of the Hidatsa Indians. The work is by John Coleman and is based on a painting by George Catlin, whose grave is at Green-Wood. The unveiling ceremony coincides with Catlin’s 216th birthday.

Black Moccasin greeted Lewis and Clark in 1804 as they explored the upper Missouri River. The sculpture, which stand six-feet-six-inches tall, is called The Greeter, and it depicts the Hidatsa chief as a man in his seventies in full native dress.

A few months back, we wrote about cemetery art over at Woodlawn in the Bronx. Have a look at that here.

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