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Lafayette Memorial map_it

  • Location: 9th Street entrance
  • Sculptor: Daniel Chester French
  • Architect: Henry Bacon
  • Description: Bas-relief on stele; terrace
  • Materials: Bronze; Milford pink granite (polished)
  • Dimensions: Bas-relief H: 10' W: 13' ; Stele H: 19' W: 22' D: 8'10"; Terrace W: 72' D: 35'
  • Cast: ca. 1917
  • Dedicated: May 10, 1917
  • Foundry: Gorham Co.
  • Donor: Henry Harteau
  • Inscription:

    1) front: "THE MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE [---] THIS MONUMENT WAS / ERECTED AND PRESENTED BY HENRY HARTEAU A DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN OF BROOKLYN TO BE AN / ENDURING TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF ONE WHO AS / A FRIEND AND COMPANION OF THE IMMORTAL WASH INGTON FOUGHT TO ESTABLISH IN OUR COUNTRY / THOSE VITAL PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY AND HUMAN / BROTHERHOOD WHICH HE AFTERWARD LABORED TO ESTABLISH IN HIS OWN

    2) rear: "THIS MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED AND DEDICATED BY / MARSHALL JOFFRE AND M. VIVANI OF THE FRENCH / WAR COMMISSION, MAY 10, 1917"

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

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