You may have seen one of our Maguire Associates colleague's photo of the Concord Minute Man in our notices for upcoming Maguire Associates Webinars. Here’s some facts you might not know:
- On the 100th anniversary of the “shot heard round the world”—that initiated the American Revolution on April 19, 1775, Patriot’s Day—a young man in his 20s was chosen to sculpt this historic masterpiece. His name was Daniel Chester French. This statue of the Concord Minute Man, standing on the banks of the Concord River at the exact spot where the battle began, is so inspirationally iconic that it has been chosen as the sole symbol on the Massachusetts state quarter.
- Fifty years after French produced this first masterpiece, in his 70s, he crafted Abraham Lincoln’s iconic statue in the Lincoln Memorial.
- French’s final resting place here in Sleepy Hollow, Concord, is only yards from the graves of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and the Alcotts, and others who have contributed to Concord’s claim to being one of America’s historic treasures.
Please feel free to contact our offices in Historic Concord (located close to Henry David Thoreau’s birthplace). Our phone number, fittingly, is 978-371-1775. And, if you are ever in our neighborhood, please let us know in advance so that we can welcome you proudly to this Town of singular distinction in world history.