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McKinley and Fame.

Fame Reaches for McKinley's Head

Field review by the editors.

Springfield, Massachusetts

This memorial looks like something you'd see in a ghastly old cemetery, not in a public square. Described at the time of its unveiling (1908) as "an exceedingly chaste and noble conception," it's a tall granite column, topped by a scowling bronze bust of assassinated President William McKinley. Frozen in front of it is a bronze statue of a young woman in drapery (the allegorical "Fame") trying to reach the remote head with a big palm frond.

The woman and big McKinley head, sculpted by Philip Martiny, have turned green with age. This enhances the monument's eeriness -- but photos of this memorial when it was still new show that it has always looked odd.

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Fame Reaches for McKinley's Head

Court Square

E. Columbus Ave., Springfield, MA
In the little park next to the District Court building. On the north side of E. Columbus Ave. just east of Court St.
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