This larger-than-life-sized bronze sculpture stands at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts. The statue was unveiled on April 19, 1875, the centennial of the battles of Concord and Lexington, the opening shots of the Revolutionary War. The first stanza of Ralph Waldo Emerson's Concord Hymn, a famous poem much recited by school children of the day, is carved on the base:
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Questions for Photo 5
1. How old was French when the status was dedicated? Why was this sculpture important to him?
2. French's first sketch for the Minute Man was of an awkward militia man grasping a musket and with legs wide apart, as if preparing to run into battle. The final version showed the man standing resolute with one hand holding his gun and the other placed firmly on a plow. Do you think the addition of the plow was important? Why or why not?
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