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Madonna of the Trail Receives Restoration
The Madonna of the Trail statue in Glen Miller Park
recently received a "makeover",
Photo taken October 13, 2005
The Madonna of the Trail - a statue of a pioneer woman with one child clinging to her skirt, an infant in her arm and her other hand grasping a rifle - was dedicated Oct. 28, 1928. It is one of 12 Madonna monuments erected along the National Road to commemorate the history of the roadway.
The monuments were erected - one per state - through the efforts of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Old Trails Road Association, led by President Harry Truman, who was then a Missouri Justice of the Peace.
Truman helped select the Richmond site for the Madonna and attended her dedication.
During the 75th anniversary year of the Madonna, the Indiana DAR organized a rededication in August 2003.
According to a pamphlet, the Madonna statue's face is "strong in character, beauty and gentleness … the face of a mother who realizes her responsibilities and trusts in God."
The Richmond Madonna was erected in memory of Mrs. Frederick S. Bates, original chairman of the DAR in Richmond who worked to have the monument erected in the city. Her daughter, Elizabeth Bates, unveiled it in 1928.
The statue received a restoration in 1988, but continued weathering led to the need for the recent Indiana DAR restoration.
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