Mayor Tom Henry last year proposed moving the statute of Gen. Anthony Wayne from its tree-surrounded spot in Freimann Square to the Courthouse Green. The mayor wanted a more visible spot for the statue, but – strong arguments for preservation of the Courthouse Green aside – there’s a case to be made for leaving the general’s statue just where it is.
In its leafy enclave at the northeast corner of Main and Clinton streets, the statue isn’t unlike many other jewels in the city’s rich collection of parks. Not every piece of public art is on prominent display – at least not with a simple passing glance. Instead, the statues serve as invitations to people to get out of their cars and explore the city’s extraordinary parks.
It takes some effort to find them and observe them closely, but it’s worth the effort.
The traditional start of the summer season offers an opportunity to explore the community’s history through its monuments. How Fort Wayne’s statutes came to be and how their locations were chosen is a lesson in itself.
Take some time this summer to meet some of the city’s historic treasures.