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Statue of Christopher Columbus (Columbia, South Carolina)


Statue of Christopher Columbus
* 312 Laurel Street * Columbia, SC 29201 *

Created by American sculptors Stavros Alexander Chrysostomides (1923-2007) and Estelle Hampton Frierson with funding by the South Carolina State Society Daughters of the American Revolution as a gift to the city of Columbia, South Carolina. It is a full length figure of explorer Christopher Columbus, wearing slippers, a skirt, and decorative shirt with a wool-like collar, decorative wrist and sleeve bands, on a calf-length coat facing the city of Columbia atop a rectangular base. Upon the base is the inscription: “CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS: 1451-1506. A gift to Columbia, this monument stands in tribute to the courageous spirit of that Genoese mariner who challenged the unknown to discover this land, … the hope of the world and the … of freedom for all.”




Captain John Smith statue, Jamestown, Virginia

statue of Captain John Smith

Captain John Smith
[ insert from the interpretive display at Jamestowne park ]

“John Smith was born about 1580 the son of a yeoman farmer of modest means. As a young man he travelled through Europe and fought as a soldier in the Netherlands and in Hungary. There he was captured, taken to Turkey and sold into slavery in Russia. He murdered his master, escaped, and journeyed back to Hungary to collect a promised reward of money and a coat-of-arms. He returned to England in time to participate in the settlement of Virginia. He was a arrogant and boastful man, often tactless and often brutal. Physically strong and worldly wise, he made an excellent settler. However, his personality, his obvious qualifications and his low social position infuriated many of the colonists leaders and settlers. Despite this, he was named to the first Council in May 1607. He learned the Indians’s language and became the colony’s principal indian trader. During the summer of 1608 he led a 3,000 mile expedition in an open boat to explore and map Cheasapeake Bay and ints principle rivers. On September 10, 1608 – the Council elected him Governor of Virginia for a one-year term. He was an able leader who understood both the Indians and the settler’s needs and the colony prospered. Captain Smith returned to England in October 1609, following an accidental gunpowder burn and became Virginia’s most effective propagandist and historian. His True Relation of Virginia (1608), Map of Virginia (1612), and General History of Virginia (1624) presented the colony as Smith understood it. In 1614 he made a short voyage to New England where he explored and mapped the coast from Cape Cod to Maine. Smith returned to England and never visited Virginia again, never married, and never received the recognition he thought he deserved. He died June 21, 1631 and was buried in St. Sepulchre’s Church in London. The statue erected by William Couper was erected in 1909.


Pocahontas Statue, Jamestown, Virginia

Pocahontas statue
Jamestowne National Park Site, Jamestown, Virginia

[ insert from the interpretive display at Jamestowne park ]

“Erected in 1922, this statue by William Ordway Partridge, honors Pocahontas, the favorite daughter of Paramount Chief Wahunsenacawh (better known as Powhatan), ruler of the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom. Pocahontas was born around 1595 probably at Werowocomoco, 15 miles from Jamestown. In 1608, she made frequent and welcome visits to Jamestown, often bringing gifts of food from her father. Captain John Smith believed she saved his life twice during the colony’s first years. In April of 1613, Captain Argall kidnapped Pocahontas and brought her to Jamestown. While a hostage she learned lessons in Christianity, converted, and was baptised. Her marriage to John Rolfe in April 1614 helped establish peaceful relations between the Powhatan and the Colonists. In 1616 she visited England with Rolfe and their infant son Thomas, and was presented to the Royal Court. She died on March 21, 1617 and was buried in St. George’s Church in Gravesend, England. Today many Americans claim descent from her son and granddaughter.

Pocahontas display
Jamestowne National Park Site, Jamestown, Virginia