Life size marble statue on a tripartite granite socle. The central part of the socle shows Columbus's three ships and a relief portrait of Esther E. Fusaro.
Around the statue and along the path towards it granite benches are placed, inscribed with many names of donators.
At the base of the statue:
Central part of socle, back side:
TO HONOR THE NAVIGATOR, EXPLORER, APOSTLE AND
DISCOVERER OF AMERICA, THIS STATUE IS ERECTED
IN BEHALF OF THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY OF WORCESTER.
DESIGNED BY ALDO W. GATTI
WORCESTER MONUMENTAL WORKS.
Left part of socle:
"NOT EVEN THE MOUNTAINOUS WAVES OF THE MIGHTY
ATLANTIC COULD HALT THE PROGRESS OF THE NINA,
PINTA AND SANTA MARIA, UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE
GREAT NAVIGATOR, INSPIRED BY THE LORD TO GO FORTH,
SEARCH FOR AND FIND THESE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"
Right part of socle:
ATTY. NUNZIATO FUSARO
IN MEMORY OF HIS BELOVED WIFE.
Note that according to the text on the socle Columbus was searching for and found the United States of America... who said that Columbus was searching for the Indies and that the United States were founded almost three centuries after Columbus's voyages?
A few years earlier, in 1977, a park on Shrewsbury Avenue was named Cristoforo Colombo Park. A plaque says: "The Italo Americans of Worcester, with the approval of the city council and the park commission, renamed this park on Sept. 27, 1977, to honor the great Italian navigator."
The Washington Square is being redeveloped (as is visible on Google Earth).
- Aldo W. Gatti (c.1917-2008),
proprietor of the Worcester Monumental Works.
Sources & Information
- With thanks to John E. McAuliffe and James A. Welu.
Location N 42°15'43" W 71°47'40"
Item Code: usma05;
Added: 23 June 2003
/ Photograph: 23 June 2003
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