Fresno in Fresno County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
David of Sassoon
Epic Folk Hero of the Armenians
the County of Fresno
by the People of Armenian Descent
of the San Joaquin Valley
August 11, 1970
Varaz Samuelian, Sculptor
David of Sassoon is the legendary folk-hero of the Armenians, who rid their land of foreign conquerors single-handedly. It is an epic based on historical events dating back to the Seventh Century A.D. Troubadours, poets and sculptors have immortalized him, for it gives eloquent expression to man's undying love of freedom, and justice for all. This statue, by Varaz Samuelian of Fresno represents a thousand Davids in a thousand lands where throughout all of history man has sought to sustain his freedom against overwhelming odds.
The base of which the statue stands has been designed to tell the story of the Armenian lands and people. It depicts their alphabet, their churches, their art and culture, and their history which dates back to 782 B.C. when the capitol city of Yerevan was founded.
This gift from the Armenians to the County of Fresno is made with their profound gratitude to this land which received them in their darkest hours, and provided them with the opportunity to be reborn.
Erected 1970 by David of Sassoon Association
Location. 36° 44.173′ N, 119° 47.257′ W. Marker is in Fresno, California, in Fresno County. Marker is at the intersection of Tulare Street and M Street, on the right when traveling west on Tulare Street. Click for map. Monument is at the east corner of the county courthouse grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Fresno CA 93721, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Purple Heart Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fresno (about 400 feet away); Honoring the Ex-Braceros and Their Contributions (about 500 feet away); Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (about 500 feet away); William Saroyan (about 600 feet away); Fresno County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Lao Hmong American War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Viva Liberation (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fresno.
Regarding David of Sassoon. The two-and-a-half ton copper statue representing justice and freedom depicts Armenian folk hero, David, astride his rearing horse, Jalai. Symbols of Armenian cultural history are carved in the base. The sculptor was born in Yerevan, Armenia and came to Fresno in 1957. [From Historical Fresno Courthouse Park Walking Tour]
Also see . . .
1. David of Sassoon Epic. (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Introduction to David of Sassoon. (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Historical Fresno County Courthouse Park Walking Tour. (Submitted on March 20, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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