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Frederick Hightower has spent a lifetime sculpting his passions into works of art


Frederick Hightower didn’t know who Katherine Johnson was in 2016. “Hidden Figures,” starring Taraji P. Henderson as Johnson – a NASA mathematician whose contributions to early space exploration had largely been forgotten – was currently in theaters, but Hightower had not yet seen it.

The multi-disciplined artist who owns Excellent Image Creation studio had been asked to make a sculpture of Johnson to be set outside her alma mater, West Virginia State University. After viewing the film, Hightower knew it was a project he needed to take on.

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