Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
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
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. Touch 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. ¼ mile away); St. Patrick Church / St. Patrick College and Aquinas College High School (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Also see . . . Elijah Pierce and his work (Submitted on March 21, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • 20th Century • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,792 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 12, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.