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Sculptor of the Our Mother of Africa Statue Goes to Space.

Photo: Ed Dwight, America’s first Black astronaut candidate, in space on Sunday. PHOTO: FACEBOOK

Photo: Ed Dwight, America’s first Black astronaut candidate, in space on Sunday. PHOTO: FACEBOOK


At age 90, America’s first Black astronaut candidate has finally made it to space


Ed Dwight was set to be the first Black astronaut in the 1960s but his mission never launched. Now six decades later, at 90 years old, he’s made his mark in the record books aboard Blue Origin’s rocket. NBC’s Kaylee Hartung reports for TODAY.


Ed Dwight is the sculptor of the Our Mother of Africa Statue and the Bronze Illustrative Relief displayed in the Our Mother of Africa Chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.




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