Did You Know (Statue of Freedom)
That the statue at Gloucester City Hall is a version of the Statue of Freedom and was dedicated September 11, 1879? It is bronze on a base of Rockport granite. She stands 6′ tall and the base is 9.6′ tall. Erected by Col. Allen Post 45, GAR (in memory of the Civil War soldiers and sailors). It was created by an unknown artist using an unknown model, and was a mass-produced item for just such memorials. I personally like the version we have, where she is holding her sword in one hand and a broken shackle in the other.
The original Statue of Freedom was designed by Thomas Crawford and installed on top of the dome of the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC late in 1863 (small photo to right). Crawford died before she was completed. She is a female figure whose right hand holds the hilt of a sheathed sword while a laurel wreath of victory and the Shield of the United States are clasped in her left hand. She wears a military helmet adorned with stars and an eagle’s head which is itself crowned by an umbrella-like crest of feathers. She looks overly encumbered, and not very free to me.