Refugio in Refugio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
King and his Men
The Citizens of Refugio did not feel that this Sculpture and Granite Column were fitting tribute to the brave young men who gave their lives so that we as Texans could be free of the oppression of a want-to-be King, Santa Anna. They did not visualize the meanings of the Symbols that were incorporated into the sculpture. All they saw was a scantily clad young man pulling a weed, scratching his back with his broken sword, which if you just look at the statue that is exactly what you see.
What we need to remember is who the artist was and the times in which it was designed. The artist, Raoul Josset was born in Tours, France, December 1899. He was trained at the Paris School of Fine Arts and studied under famed sculptor, Antoine Bourdelle. After World War I, Josset created more than 15 memorials in France. He was awarded the Rome Prize in 1923 and the Prix Paris for the years 1924, 25, and 26.
Josset came to the US in 1933. His first commission was
As you study our monument you see the Art Deco influences on the Sculpture. The angularity of his muscles, the squareness of its form, when you throw in the symbolism of Greek Mythology you end up with our Sculpture: A Young Man, on one knee weary from battle; in a struggle swinging a Broken Sword, losing his fight but battling to the end; holding tightly to a Laurel Leaf, the idea of freedom.
This sculpture tells the story of not just one great man, Captain Amon B. King, but the group of great young men that gave the ultimate sacrifice to give us the freedom we have today.
What Else Could Be Expected of the Great Men and Women of Texas!
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • War, Texas Independence. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1899.
Location. 28° 17.793′ N, 97° 16.523′ W. Marker is in Refugio, Texas, in Refugio County. Memorial is at the Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 815 Commerce Street, Refugio TX 78377, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sally Scull (a few steps from this marker); Empresario James Power (a few steps from this marker); Refugio County (a few steps from this marker); Refugio County Courthouses (a few steps from this marker); Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Amon B. King (within shouting distance of this marker); Irish Immigrants in Refugio (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Refugio City Hall (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Refugio.
Also see . . . King, Amon Butler (1807–1836).
Amon Butler King (sometimes mistakenly called Aaron B. King), to whom Col. James W. Fannin, Jr., entrusted the disastrous evacuation of Refugio during the Goliad Campaign of 1836, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1807, the son of John and Mary Ann (Butler) King. After his father's death, his mother married Dr. Joseph Camp. King left home in 1827 to deal in furs; by 1833 he had become town marshal of Paducah, Kentucky. He was serving(Submitted on September 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 227 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.