Orpheus – Hero of Music and Poetry at Fort McHenry
The descriptive placard provides a bit of the history of this Orpheus Statue. The old photograph depicts a Defenders’ Day celebration and is captioned: Defenders’ Day, 1928 – For many years the Orpheus statue has served as the centerpiece for the annual commemoration of the Battle of Baltimore.
The narrative reads: In 1916 the Fine Arts Commission sponsored a national competition for a statue to honor Francis Scott Key and the defenders who protected Baltimore during the War of 1812. It chose “Orpheus” bu Charles Niehaus.
America’s involvement in World War I delayed the completion of the statue. Dedicated on Flag Day, June 14, 1922 and originally placed in the middle of the entrance road, it was moved to its current location in 1962.
For fine art photographs of Fort McHenry click HERE.