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Thursday, June 25, 2020 1:00 am

June 7, 1973: Anthony Wayne statue moved

COREY MCMAKEN | The Journal Gazette

Readers were asked to share fun captions for photos in this month's History Journal column.

"Is it any wonder the General is so Mad?" Galen Zwick of Fort Wayne asks in his caption for this picture of the Anthony Wayne statue suspended in mid-air.

I don't know – I think it might be kind of fun to be up there, riding like the wind.

Some other suggestions:

• "I think it's supposed to be facing the other way." – Ellen Dalrymple, Fort Wayne

• "Knight to King’s bishop three." – John Harless, Fort Wayne

• "General Wayne's horse wasn't named Pegasus." – John Agnew, Fort Wayne

• "A large number of Mad Magazines were recently found under Anthony Wayne’s statue while it was being moved. Historians are now rethinking the theory of how he got the nickname Mad." – Chris Ruppert, Fort Wayne

The real story: The equestrian statue of Anthony Wayne was sculpted by George E. Ganiere of Chicago and was dedicated in 1918. It was originally placed in Hayden Park. But on June 7, 1973, the bronze statue of Anthony Wayne was moved into position at Freimann Square, which would be dedicated Sept. 27 of that year.

Hayden Park is bordered by Maumee Avenue, Jefferson Boulevard and King and Harmar streets. It was founded in 1876 and renamed Nuckols Memorial Park in 1986 after John Nuckols, the city's first black councilman.

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