In this image provided by Emory University, Alice Allison Dunnigan, right, interviews screenwriters Arthur Arthur, left, and Virginia Kellogg. Dunnigan triumphed over sexism and racism to become the first black woman accredited to cover the White House and in recognition of her achievements, the Newseum unveiled a statue in her honor on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Emory University Rare Book Library via AP)

First black female White House reporter gets Newseum statue

September 22, 2018 - 1:58 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first black woman to be credentialed to cover the White House is getting a statue in the Newseum.

Alice Allison Dunnigan made history when she received White House press credentials in 1947 and became part of the White House traveling press corps to cover President Harry Truman re-election campaign in 1948.

Dunnigan, as Washington bureau chief for the Associated Negro Press, would go to cover Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy before taking a job with in the Kennedy and then President Lyndon Johnson's administration. She died in 1983.

The life sized bronze statue of Dunnigan created by Kentucky sculptor Amanda Matthews will be unveiled on Friday.

It will sit in the Newseum until December 16, when it will be moved to her home state of Kentucky.

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