Sunday, June 9, 2013
Abigail Adams and Phillis Wheatley
These statues are part of the Boston Women's Memorial on the mall on Commonwealth Ave. The Memorial celebrates three important contributors to Boston's rich history - Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, and Phyllis Wheatley. Abigail Adams, served as confidant and advisor to her husband, President John Adams, and was a strong advocate of women’s rights. The poet Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American. Abolitionist and suffragist Lucy Stone was the first woman to keep her own last name after marriage and one of the first American women to earn a college degree.
The sculptures are by artist Meredith Bergmann and represent her thinking about public art. Unlike conventional statues that are larger than life and set upon pedestals, these statues are more human-sized and invite viewers to interact with them.