Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Less respect than his due

Roger Williams statue
Statue of Roger Williams at Prospect Park, Providence

The Providence Journal reports a problem of vandalism against the Roger Williams Statue. The statue holds the remains (or what are believed to be the remains) of Roger Williams, the founder of Providence and Rhode Island. Apparently, it's great sport to steal the fingers off the statue. These fingers have been missing since 2006. I remember thinking it was a shame that the statue wasn't repaired when I saw it. Admittedly, it's not a very attractive statue, but it's impressive. And it is a representation of the founder, and deserving of enough respect to at least replace its fingers.

Now that Providence has put motion-sensitive anti-vandalism cameras in place in some of the parks, there's a good chance that the Parks Department will decide it's worth repairing the statue again. I hope so.

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