Wickham Stone Park (circa 1969) is a collection of folk art, consisting of over 40 life-size concrete statues of political figures,Indian chiefs, politicians,patriots and religious figures. The park is the lifetime creation of Tennessee folk artist Enoch Tanner(E.T.) Wickham (1883-1970).


Saturday, January 06, 2007

cowboys and indians

Maybe Cowboys and Indians is not quite the right label for these statues. True, there are statues of pioneer Daniel Boone and Indian Chiefs Sitting Bull and Piomingo , but the fourth statue is of a contemporary of E. T. Wickham. This was Lester Solomon, a soil conservationist for Montgomery County, and whose work E.T. greatly respected.

Note that these four statues are not on a raised base as were most of the other statues. E.T. was past 85 when he began building this statue and his age was limiting his abilities to create statues on a grander scale.

The dedication ceremony for these statues occurred on July 13, 1969. The honorable Judge William O. Beach presided over the ceremony as each individual statue was in turn unveiled. It was a festive occasion with the Montgomery County Ramblers providing some musical entertainment for the sizable crowd.

Find more information about these statues at my Wickham Stone Park website.

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