Orpheus

Orpheus (HM4BF)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21230
Country: United States of America

N 39° 15.858', W 76° 34.933'

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The heroic bronze figure in front of you is not, as many suppose, a likeness of Francis Scott Key. The statue represents Orpheus, the artful poet, musician, and singer of Greek Mythology.

In 1914 Congress appropriated funds for a monument at Fort McHenry to mark the centennial of the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the defense of Baltimore. Orpheus with the Awkward Foot, the creation of sculptor Charles H. Niehaus, was selected from thirty four designs submitted in a national competition.

Orpheus is depicted playing a lyre, and stands twenty-four feet from head to toe. The marble base bears a medallion honoring Francis Scott Key, flanked by a procession of allegorical figures. The pedestal contains a time capsule filled with documents of patriotic and historical interest. In 1962 the statue was moved here from its original site near the fort's principal entrance.

(photo caption) President Warren G. Harding headed the list of dignitaries at the unveiling ceremonies on June 14, 1922. The speech he delivered here was the first by a U.S. President to be broadcast on coast-to-coast radio.
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HM NumberHM4BF
Series This marker is part of the Markers Attached to Sculpture series, and the Maryland: Fort McHenry series.
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Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 3:45am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363500 N 4347299
Decimal Degrees39.26430000, -76.58221667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 15.858', W 76° 34.933'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 15' 51.48" N, 76° 34' 55.98" W
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Area Code(s)410, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3 Constellation Plaza, Baltimore MD 21230, US
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