Taras Shevchenko Memorial

A statue of Taras Shevchenko
Taras Shevchenko Memorial

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Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) was a Ukrainian poet and artist who spent many years imprisoned for his pro-Ukrainian independence activities in tsarist Russia. He is revered for his literary works and self-sacrificing contributions to the people of Ukraine.


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Statue platform back face
Dedicated to the Liberation, Freedom and Independence of all Captive Nations
This monument of Taras Shevchenko, 19th century Ukrainian poet ad fighter for the independence of Ukraine and the freedom of all mankind, who under foreign Russian imperialist tyranny and colonial rule appealed for “the new and righteous law of Washington”, was unveiled in June 27th, 1964. This historic event commemorated the 150th anniversary of Shevchenko’s birth. The memorial was authorized by the 86th Congress of the United States of America on August 31, 1960 and signed into public law 86-749 by Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States of America. On September 13, 1960, the statue was erected by Americans of Ukrainian ancestry and friends.
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Leo Mol – Sculptor
Radoslav Zuk – Architect

Лео Мол – Скульптор
Радослав Жук – Архітектор
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..Не вмирає душа наша.
Не вмирає воля,
І неситий не виоре
На дні моря поле.

Не скує душі живої
І слова живого.
Не понесе слави Бога,
Великого Бога.

Тарас Шевченко - Кавказ - 1845

..Our Soul Shall Never Perish.
Freedom Knows No Dying,
And the Greedy Cannot Harvest
Fields Where Seas Are Lying;
Cannot Bind the Living Spirit
Nor the Living Word.
Cannot Smirch the Sacred Glory
Of Th’Almighty Lord.
Taras Shechenko – The Caucasus - 1845

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Last updated: November 24, 2020