This equestrian statue of George Washington, located in the Boston Public Garden, was sculpted by Thomas Ball in the 1850’s. Later, in 1869, the statue was unveiled before the public with a thirteen-gun salute and is remembered as a time of intense local pride. Shortly before this, in 1856, the statue of Benjamin Franklin in front of Old City Hall on School St. graced the public. Two of the 18th century’s greatest historical contributors and figures in the shaping of our Nation commemorated in stone right int he heart of Boston.
Like Washington, Benjamin Franklin was among the few of the signees of the Declaration of Independence and stands as a major contributor in American history to the political and scientific discoveries made in the 18th century.