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Important Gutzon Borglum Founder's Monument Gets a $50,000 Restoration and a New Home at NJPAC


After three years of effort: raising public attention, securing $50,000 in funds and consulting experts to do some much-needed restoration, Newark’s Founders’ Monument is finally being rededicated on Monday, December 19, 2016, at NJPAC.

The Star-Ledger columnist,Barry Carter, first reported on Newark’s Founders’ Monument in July 2014 American history – was discovered lying face down, barely protected, in a city-owned lot at Newark Division of Traffic and Signals, where it had been unceremoniously resting since 2002. It is hard to believe that this jewel of American heritage was nearly lost to obscurity. However, the Newark Preservation and Landmarks Committee (NPLC) was determined that would not be its fate.  As Carter reported in his update of the story earlier this year, NPLC made a commitment to see that the monument was restored and prominently displayed in the City once more. NPLC President Liz Del Tufo brought the issue before Newark’s 350th Committee, and in May of this year, Chairman Junius Williams announced that the 350th Committee had agreed to raise the $20,000 necessary for the monument’s restoration. It was added to a list of three other projects under a nationwide campaign called“Give Local America” fund drive.  

“First Landing Party Founders’ Monument” is an important work of art in American history. Along with the other statues by Gutzon Borglum: “Seated Lincoln” in front of Essex County Courthouse, ‘War of America” in Military Park, and the“Indian and Puritan” by Newark Public Library on Washington Street, The Founders’ monument celebrates the Puritans’ 1666 arrival in Newark. Without dispute, John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum, is considered America’s first important sculptor. Heis best known as the creator of Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota. Very few states can boast to having any work by Borglum. Amazingly Newark, New Jersey is home to four!

The monument’s new home will be located on the New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center(NJPAC) grounds near the Passaic River. Del Tufo said, “It is a fitting tribute to our city, especially as the monument was first dedicated in 1916 at the City’s250th Anniversary, and located in the same area where NJPAC now stands.”

Please Join Us:

Newark’s Founders’ Monument Rededication Ceremony will takeplace Monday, December 19, 2016, at 10:35 am outside of the New JerseyPerforming Arts Center, 1 Center Street, Newark, New Jersey.

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