Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Fort Dearborn Massacre Monument

In 1893, George Pullman had a sculpture he had commissioned.  It shows the rescue of Margret Helm from Potawatomi Chief Black Partridge, who had helped her and others escape by boat.

The Monument was moved in 1931, to the lobby of the Chicago Historical Society because of protesting of the monument.

The statue was reinstalled near 18th street and Prairie Avenue in Chicago but was once again removed by the Office of Public Art of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  There are increases efforts to reinstall the monument today.  It just depends on how each person feels about the monument as to if they like it or not. 

What do you see when looking at the monument?  Knowing the story what do you think?  It really depends on how this art is interpreted.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi at the opening of new park.

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