By Monroe Roark
A life-size bronze sculpture
honoring Henry County’s namesake is set to be unveiled to the public
in a ceremony at the end of the month.
The latest work of McDonough
artist Andy Davis, the sculpture of Revolutionary War patriot
Patrick Henry will be dedicated to the county Saturday, March 29, at
1 p.m. in front of the courthouse on the McDonough Square, with the
legendary leader cast in the pose of his immortal “give me liberty
or give me death” speech given in 1775 in Virginia.
Patrick Henry Jolly, the
great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the patriot, will recite a
portion of the speech at the event, and Davis will be on hand to
share his inspiration and vision for the sculpture. Actors and
musicians in period attire will be in attendance to lend character
to this event commemorating a key point in American history.
According to those who have
spearheaded this effort, which has been more than two years in the
making, the piece will be unique in that there are no other Patrick
Henry sculptures in existence. It will also be the first piece of
public art presented to Henry County.
The sculpture has come to fruition through the
efforts of Davis and a group of volunteer board members as well as
the Daughters of the American Revolution. A public fundraising
campaign brought in nearly $100,000 that was needed for completion
of the project.