Paramus, New Jersey: Washington Kneeling in Prayer

Sculptor Donald De Lue created several versions of this statue; this one was his favorite. It was also his last; he completed it just as he died in 1988. The statue is 11 feet tall, weighs over three tons, and is based on a story by Parson Weems, who wrote that someone saw George Washington do this once at Valley Forge.

Address:
234 Paramus Rd, Paramus, NJ
Directions:
Just inside the entry gates to George Washington Memorial Park cemetery. On the east side of Paramus Rd just north of its intersection with Century Rd.
Hours:
Gates open M-F 9-4, Sa 9-3 Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Washington Kneeling in Prayer.

Washington Kneeling in Prayer

This is a very beautifully detailed sculpture. The cemetery also has other lovely statues and fountains not to be missed.

[Annie, 01/05/2023]

Artist renderings of Washington kneeling, with hands clenched in prayer, have been criticized as attempts to associate the Continental Army general with traditional Christianity. Visitors are free to interpret any statue "taking a knee" as they like.

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