YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Summer Festival of the Arts took place July 17-18 at its new location in Wean Park, downtown Youngstown. It attracted thousands of visitors who viewed and purchased works by more than 70 artists and craftsmen.
Live music, dance and theater were also part of the fun.
The event began with the unveiling ceremony for the Jackie Robinson-George “Shotgun” Shuba statue in the park. The statue depicts Robinson, the first Black pro baseball player, being congratulated by his White teammate Shuba.
The moment occurred in Robinson’s first game in 1946 – a time of deep racial intolerance – and has come to represent racial harmony.
Pictured at top: The Jackie Robinson-George “Shotgun” Shuba statue, titled “A Handshake for the Century,” sits in a corner of Wean Park. Visitors admired the statue throughout the Summer Festival of the Arts weekend.