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Statue of Williams Carter Wickham
Williams Wickham statue.jpg
The statue c. 1915
ArtistEdward Virginius Valentine
Year1891 (1891)
Medium
  • Bronze sculpture
  • granite (base)
SubjectWilliams Carter Wickham
LocationRichmond, Virginia, U.S.
Coordinates37°32′50″N 77°27′04″W / 37.5472°N 77.4510°W / 37.5472; -77.4510Coordinates: 37°32′50″N 77°27′04″W / 37.5472°N 77.4510°W / 37.5472; -77.4510
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The statue of the Confederate States of America cavalry general Williams Carter Wickham by Edward Virginius Valentine was installed in Richmond, Virginia's Monroe Park in 1891, near Virginia Commonwealth University's main campus. It was toppled in June 2020 during the George Floyd protests.

Description[edit]

The bronze sculpture was designed by Edward Virginius Valentine.[1] It measures approximately 7 ft. x 18 in. x 18 in., and rests on a granite base measuring approximately 10 ft. x 88 1/2 in. x 88 1/2 in.[2] The statue depicts Williams Carter Wickham wearing a Confederate uniform and holding a case for his field glasses in his proper right hand. He holds a pair of gloves behind his back in his opposite hand. Originally, he had a sword, which was later removed by vandals.[2] An inscription on the front of the base reads:

WICKHAM
"SOLDIER STATESMAN
"PATRIOT, FRIEND."
PRESENTED TO THE CITY OF RICHMOND BY COMRADES
IN THE CONFEDERATE ARMY
AND EMPLOYEES OF THE
CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO
RAILWAY COMPANY

Another on the back of the base reads:

WILLIAMS CARTER WICKHAM
SEPTEMBER 21ST 1820
JULY 23RD 1888[2]

History[edit]

Postcard showing the statue

Erected in 1891,[2] the work was the gift of Williams' fellow soldiers and the employees of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway.[3]

Vandals stole Wickham's sword in August 1956.[2]

The artwork was surveyed by the Smithsonian Institution's "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" in 1995.[2]

In 2017, Clayton and Will Wickham, two of Wickham's descendants, requested that the city of Richmond remove the statue.[4][5] In their letter to the city council, the brothers wrote that "as a plantation owner, Confederate general and industrialist, General Wickham unapologetically accrued power and wealth through the exploitation of enslaved people".[4]

Public objections to the sculpture's presence in Monroe Park increased during the 2020 George Floyd protests. In June 2020, protesters toppled the sculpture using ropes.[6][7][8]

See also[edit]


Other articles of the topic Visual arts : Portraits of Presidents of the United States, Noor Al Suwaidi, Statue of Christopher Columbus (New Haven, Connecticut), Henri Vincent-Anglade, Graffiti, Alexis Marcou, Statue of Christopher Columbus (Norwalk, Connecticut)
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  • 1891 in art
  • List of Confederate monuments and memorials in Virginia
  • List of monuments and memorials removed during the George Floyd protests

References[edit]

  1. Sedore, Timothy S. (2011). An Illustrated Guide to Virginia's Confederate Monuments. SIU Press – via Google Books. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 "Williams Carter Wickham, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. Layton, Robert C. (2013). Discovering Richmond Monuments: A History of River City Landmarks Beyond the Avenue. Arcadia Publishing – via Google Books. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. 4.0 4.1 ROBINSON, MARK. "Confederate descendants ask Richmond Mayor to remove statue from Monroe Park". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  5. "Descendants of Confederate general seek statue's removal". WSET. The Associated Press. August 31, 2017.
  6. Rahman, Khaleda (June 7, 2020). "Confederate Leader Williams Carter Wickham Statue in Virginia Capital Torn Down, Graffitied Overnight". Newsweek. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
  7. Fultz, Matthew (June 7, 2020). "Crew heard cheers as Confederate general's statue toppled in Monroe Park". WTVR-TV.
  8. GORMAN, SEAN; MORENO, SABRINA. "WATCH NOW: Confederate statue removed from Monroe Park after protesters tore it down Saturday night". Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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