By the shores of gitchigoomie

longfellowMaybe it’s ironic that the man who wrote “Paul Revere’s Ride” is remembered in the middle of a busy intersection.

A bronze statue of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is at Connecticut and M Sts. N.W., one of the busier crossroads in town. He’s shown in robes with a book, looking contemplatively into the distance over perhaps what he just read.

Longfellow (1807–1882) was one of America’s greatest poets with “The Song of Hiawatha” and “Evangeline” along with Paul Revere’s Ride staples of students’ reading.

Sculpted by William Couper and Thomas Ball, the statue was dedicated on May 7, 1909 while the Marine Band played “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

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