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Patrick Henry Statue Dedication March 29

 

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent
 

  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.

 

 

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