Oliver Perry Monument

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Oliver Perry Monument
United States
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry Statue, Eisenhower Park, Newport, RI.JPG
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
For Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
Unveiled September 10, 1885
Location near Newport, RI
Designed by William Greene Turner
PERRY

Oliver Perry Monument is a bronze statue, by William Greene Turner, dedicated to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. It is located in Eisenhower Park in Newport, RI, between Washington Square and Touro street. The statue faces west towards Newport Harbor.

The inscription reads:
(On bronze plinth:)
W. G. Turner sc 1884 Gli Galli fusero
Firenze 1884
(In raised letters, encircled by carved wreath:)

PERRY

(Back of base:)

"WE HAVE MEET THE ENEMY AND THEY ARE OURS"
SEPT. 13TH 1813.

signed Founder's mark appears.[1]

The statue was dedicated 10 September 1885, the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.[2][3] The monument is described as

Full-length standing portrait of Oliver H. Perry, seen in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812, just as he mounted the deck of the Niagara, after the dismantling of his own ship, the Lawrence, and after he rowed across the lake in enemy fire. His proper right arm is extended in a gesture of command; the flag from Lawrence is draped around his proper left arm. At the foot of the monument is a block and coil of rope.

—Smithsonian Institution[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Oliver Hazard Perry Memorial Statue, (sculpture)". Save Outdoor Sculpture, Rhode Island survey. 1993. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  2. ^ Olshan, Matthew (20 August 2009). "A tale of two statues: A reader’s story about Newport’s Perry monuments prompts an investigation by a Pennsylvania writer". The Newport Daily News (Newport, RI). pp. A9. 
  3. ^ Capace, Nancy (May 1, 2001). The Encyclopedia of Rhode Island. St. Clair Shores, Michigan: Somerset Publishers, Inc. p. 160. ISBN 9780403096107. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 

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