Isom Clemon Civil Rights Memorial Park - Request for Proposals

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The goal is to create dignified statuary honoring Isom Clemon that is accessible and cohesive with the County's plan to develop Mobile County Civil Rights and Cultural Heritage Districts, including the redevelopment of Isom Clemon Civil Rights Memorial Park in downtown Mobile.


Design, create, deliver, and install statues representing Isom Clemon and his impactful work in our area. One six to seven-foot-tall bronze statue will be created, plus a pedestal, depicting Isom Clemon (pictured). Five smaller statues (at least four to five feet tall including the pedestals), will surround Isom's figure in the center of the park and serve as representations of his civil rights work with the International Longshoreman's Association and Labor Movement. These could be abstract or representational, focusing on Isom's accomplishments or general principles of the labor union (such as employee Health, Wealth, Skill, Hard Work, History, Solidarity, Dedication, Integrity, etc).


The RFP will only consider artists and artists teams with the following qualifications:
1. Must be 18 years or older.
3. Artist/artist teams must reside in Alabama or have strong connections to the state.
2. Have at least five years of experience as a professional artist.
3. Have experience with projects of the proposed scale and resources available for completing the project.
4. Carry personal liability insurance for the duration of the project until installation is complete and accepted.
5. Meet all contractual obligations and adhere to the timeline provided.
6. If selected, be prepared to present their concept to a selection committee.

Selections will be made regardless of race, sex, color, religion, gender, age, physical or mental ability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, culture, or ancestry.


The following schedule is provided for planning purposes based on current information. However, all dates are subject to revision, including RFP deadlines.

March 31 - May 31, 2023: RFP Open

June 9: Committee Selects RFP applicant finalist(s)

July 10: Winner Announced

TBD: Completion of Statues & Installation


Contact Angela Montgomery at or 251-432-9796 for additional resources, such as photos of Isom, or for questions regarding this project.