“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Elijah Pierce

Elijah Pierce Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 31, 2008
1. Elijah Pierce Marker
Inscription. Elijah Pierce (1892-1984) was an internationally recognized woodcarver/folk artist. Mr. Pierce began carving wood as a young boy on the Baldwyn, Mississippi, farm where he was born in 1892. In the early 1920s, he carved a small elephant for his wife as a gift. In response to her affection for the animal, he promised her an entire zoo and continued to carve free-standing animals throughout his career. Mr. Pierce arrived in Columbus, Ohio, in 1924, where he lived and worked for 60 years until his retirement in 1980.

For most of his life, Mr. Pierce earned his living as a barber in a two-room barber shop which he built on this site in 1954. The shop also served as the gallery to display his carvings. Also a licensed preacher, Mr. Pierce often told stories that contained important lessons about life, and often used his carvings to illustrate a fable, proverb, or Bible story. In addition to the religious focus, secular themes such as politics, current affairs, sports, his autobiography, and his menagerie were included in his repertoire.

Elijah Pierce did not seek fame, but his work won recognition in art exhibitions and has been displayed in art galleries and museums throughout the world. He is recognized as one of America’s leading folk artists.

This statue, created by Steven Weilzman, was commissioned by
Elijah Pierce Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 31, 2008
2. Elijah Pierce Memorial
Elijah, your life is a book and every day is a page -E. Pierce
Columbus State Community College and dedicated on November 9, 2000 to, honor the life of Elijah Pierce.
Erected 2000 by Columbus State Community College.
Location. 39° 58′ N, 82° 59.237′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Long Street and Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling east on Long Street. Click for map. Marker is in front of the Columbus State Community College parking garage on northeast corner of intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Columbus OH 43215, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Thurber (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church (about 800 feet away); King Lincoln District Arch (approx. 0.2 miles away); Donn Vickers Gazebo in Thurber Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home Site of Henry Howe — Historian (approx. 0.2 miles away); George Bellows / Roy Lichtenstein (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wesley Chapel Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Patrick Church / St. Patrick College and Aquinas College High School (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . .  Elijah Pierce and his work
Elijah Pierce Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., December 31, 2008
3. Elijah Pierce Memorial
. (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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