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Adin Ballou Statue
A bronze statue erected in 1900 on the former site of the home of Adin Ballou, which was itself moved to make space for Adin Ballou park. Ballou was one of the first ever theorists of nonviolence.

On the Lokashakti Network since:
Saturday, 17 March 2012

Location:
Adin Ballou Memorial Park
Peace Street
Hopedale, Massachusetts
United States

Type of network resource:
  • Public Art

Issues addressed:
  • Peace / Nonviolence

Description

Adin Ballou Statue
The monument was donated by General William F. Draper—Hopedale resident, industrialist, and member of Congress—after a movement to erect a memorial to Ballou began in the autumn of 1898. The site of the monument was known as the “Ballou Lot.” It was previously Adin Ballou’s homestead and was purchased by the Town in May of 1900 for $800. The base was designed by Boston Architect Daniel Woodbury.

The sculpture itself is in bronze, and is by William Ordway Partridge (1861–1930). It's approximately 8 feet high on an 8-foot Cape Ann granite base.

On the sides of the base can be found:

Adin Ballou — Preacher, Author, Reformer, Philanthropist, Apostle of Christian Socialism, and Founder of the Hopedale Community. 1803–1890. “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” “Not disobedient to the heavenly vision.” (front)

A man of rational Christian faith, sterling qualities of mind, and rare excellence of character, whose life was devoted to works of Righteousness, Brotherhood, and Peace, to the well-being of his kind and the upbuilding of the kingdom of God on earth. (eastern face)

This monument is erected and these grounds are set apart as a Memorial of Adin Ballou—a tribute of affection, gratitude, and honor, from many friends. On this spot he spent the greater portion of his life; where he wrought his chief work and entered into rest. • Dedicated and presented to the Town of Hopedale, October 27, 1900. (back)

Extract from Preface to the History of Hopedale Community: “If Providence has entrusted me with any distinctive mission in the world, it is to aid in showing my fellow-men the way into that Christlike order of life which illustrates the great ideas of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man.” (western face)

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