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United States of America
Reading
Pennsylvania

City Park

Christopher Columbus

Vincenzo Miserendino

1925

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Description

Bronze statue (2.60 m tall) of Columbus standing holding charts in his left hand at his side, and pointing outward with his right hand. The statue is on a marble pedestal (3.20 m) with bronze with four bronze bas relief tablets with scenes from Columbus's life (these bas relief were stolen by vandals and replaced by Italian American groups in 1991 when statue was refurbished). The reliefs show:
Four bronze tablets

Inscription(s)

dedicated to
christopher columbus
born genova italy 1436
discoverer of america
october 12, 1492
by the italian residents of
reading, pennsylvania
october 12,
1925
Signed: V. MISERENDINO SC.

Annotation

Reading Boy who posed for Columbus Statue Dedicated 12 October 1925.

On October 11, 1992, rededication ceremonies of the newly restored statue of Christopher Columbus in the City Park of Reading marked the 500th anniversary of Columbus's voyage. The ceremonies also commemorated the sixty-seventh anniversary of the donation of the statue to the city by the Italians in 1925.

Interesting detail: in the booklet published at the occasion of the unveiling a photo is included of the "Reading Boy Who Posed for Columbus Statue.". This "boy" was Dr. Jesse Mercer Gehman, a physical-culturist from Reading, who lived in New York.

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Location N 40°20'4" W 75°54'51"

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