The city of Waldport held a ceremony Saturday, Nov. 19, to celebrate the arrival and unveiling of a bronze sculpture of Louis Southworth, a Black man who lived in the Waldport area after buying his freedom from slavery for $1,000 in the mid 1800s. The sculpture, created by artist Peter Helzer, is on display at the Alsea Bay Bridge Visitor Center & Museum until it can be placed at its permanent home in Waldport’s new Louis Southworth Park. Festivities included speakers, refreshments and music provided by a fiddler player who specialized in tunes from the 1800s, which was appropriate as Southworth was known for his fiddle playing during that era. (Photos by Jeremy Burke)

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