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In considering each of these works--as well as a host of other key pieces ranging from Powers's America to John Gibson's Tinted Venus to John Quincy Adams Ward's The Freedman--she carefully examines subjects of color vis-a-vis "the always already white marble of neoclassicism," which "produced the normative racial body as the white body, which was symbolically associated with purity, morality, and truth and, although present, never needed to be named" (183).
Depicting an African-American breaking free from the shackles of slavery, The Freedman by John Quincy Adams Ward is widely believed to be the first realistic representation of an African-American man to be cast in bronze.
Born in Urbana, Ohio in 1830, John Quincy Adams Ward first hoped to become a physician.