|A Local Lady Picture: Madonna of the Trail|
Arlene B. Nichols Moss, chairwoman of the DAR committee in the 1920's was inspired to commission the Madonna of the Trail after seeing a sculpture in Portland, Oregon of Sacagawea, a Shoshone guide who aided Lewis and Clark in their famed expedition.
That inspirational sculpture (which you should click here to see (because it's beautiful!)) was designed by American sculptor Alice Cooper. She still stands in Washington Park, Portland.
Leimbach wrote about his inspiration in designing the Madonna sculptures:
"When I was a schoolboy in the old country, the American History of the pioneer days made a deep impression on me. I thought often of those who had left the old home and all that was dear to them and had come to this country to find a field for their ambition...
When I came to America, I often saw these people of the pioneer type, strong and brave and always ready to protect themselves against any danger. Asked to make a sketch model for a monument of a woman of pioneer days, I was inspired by my own impression of these people I had met, and the Madonna of the Trail is the result." (Source:Wikipedia)
|A Local Lady Picture: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton|
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton is considered the patron saint of all American catholic schools. Elizabeth is memorialized in front of Seton Catholic School on the west side of town. Elizabeth was also a pioneer of sorts. She established the first free catholic school and the first congregation of religious sisters in the United States. At least six existing congregations in the United States trace their root's to Elizabeth's Sister's of Charity. St. Elizabeth was also the first native born American to be canonized.
|A Local Lady: Mary Dyer|
Another of Richmond's Local Ladies is located on Earlham College Campus. Nestled in the cool shade of trees at the entrance to Stout Meetinghouse is a monument designed by Sylvia Shaw Judson. Mary Dyer lived in the early 1600's, before Elizabeth Seton (1774-1821), and well before pioneer women made their journey west. Mary Dyer was one of the Boston Martyrs to die for her belief in religious freedom, in particular for her belief that God could communicate with any individual not only the appointed clergy. This faith ran against what was accepted by the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay Colony as religious truth and law. Mary could have lived her life and chosen to remain silent, or at least to remain banished from her home in Massachusetts...
"but her conscience led her to return to Massachusetts in April 1660 to "desire the repeal of that wicked law against God's people and offer up her life there."
Despite the pleas of her husband and family, she refused to repent, and was again convicted and sentenced to death"
Mary Dyer's hanging marked the end of Puritan theocracy. Her brave death and refusal to recant was not in vain.
I am happy to call Richmond, Indiana home, and I'm happy to share my home with three very model "local ladies".
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