Emancipation Statue and the Eliots of St. Louis

6 Jul

EMANCIPATION STATUE AND THE ELIOTS OF ST. LOUIS

Garden Park, Boston

PUBLIC GARDENS, BOSTON

Equestrian Washington

EQUESTRIAN GEORGE WASHINGTON STATUE,
PUBLIC GARDENS, BOSTON

Archer Alexander 1

THE EMANCIPATION MEMORIAL,
PARK SQUARE, BOSTON

Archer Alexander 2

ARCHER ALEXANDER,
THE EMANCIPATED SLAVE
It is very noticeable that Archer is depicted as he, with chains broken, is about to stand up.

THE SLAVE MODELED ON ARCHER ALEXANDER

The Boston sculptor Thomas Ball created the eminent Equestrian George Washington Statue now preserved at Public Gardens, Boston located next to Boston Common.  Ball also designed and sculpted the Emancipation Memorial  in which Abraham Lincoln and an emancipated slave are symbolically perpetuated.  The slave was modeled on Archer Alexander (1828- ?1880), a black emancipated by T. S. Eliot’s grandfather William Greenleaf Eliot (1811- 1887). The statue  erected in 1877 as an Emancipation Memorial monument in Lincoln Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood  of Washington, D. C. A copy of the bronze statue was later donated to Boston.

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