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Carved from creamy white marble, a nude woman stands next to a hip-high support, perhaps a low post. Her weight rests on her left leg, on our right, and her other knee is bent. Her left arm, on our right, is angled in front of her body so her hand covers her groin. Her other hand, on our left, rests on the post. Chains hang from shackles encircling her wrists. She looks down to our right and is seen in profile in this photograph. Her wavy hair is tucked behind her ear and drawn back in a bun at the nape of her neck. The post is covered with a cloth that gathers around the top and spirals to the ground beneath her feet, the edge trimmed with tassels. A cross and medallion peek out from under the cloth near her hand. She stands on a circular base.

Hiram Powers

The Greek Slave, model 1841-1843, carved 1846

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Historian Ka’mal McClarin of the National Park Service discusses the public impact of Hiram Powers’s sculpture and how it was a favorite of activist Frederick Douglass.

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