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Statue of Charles Linn
Artist Branko Medenica
Year 2013 (2013)
Medium
  • Bronze sculpture
  • granite (base)
Subject Charles Linn
Location Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Coordinates 33°31′12″N 86°48′35″W / 33.52000°N 86.80972°W / 33.52000; -86.80972Coordinates: 33°31′12″N 86°48′35″W / 33.52000°N 86.80972°W / 33.52000; -86.80972

A statue of Charles Linn was previously installed in Birmingham, Alabama's Linn Park, in the United States.

Description

The 8-foot (2.4 m) bronze sculpture depicts Charles Linn, and rests on a 5-foot (1.5 m) granite-clad base. The statue is based on a painting displayed in the Linn-Henley Research Library (but shows Linn bearded, whereas the painting does not) and weighs approximately 800 pounds. Linn's hand rests on a pillar, representing the establishment of the National Bank of Birmingham (Regions Financial Corporation). The memorial also has plaques about Linn and identifying major donors.

History

The statue was commissioned from sculptor Branko Medenica by the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of their "Legacy of Leadership" campaign chairman, Arthur Henley, a descendant of Linn. The statue was announced in 2012, and dedicated on "World MS Day" on May 29, 2013. Medenica attended the dedication.

On May 31, 2020, during the George Floyd protests, the statue was defaced and eventually toppled. Medenica, who had incorporated a tribute of his own to his sister-in-law who died of MS, said he understood why the statue was toppled but lamented the loss of his personal commemoration: "They didn't know. I think it was like mass hysteria gone out of control. You know so it sad. It's sad." The artist has said he would be willing to restore the sculpture.

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