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Near Grand Pré in Kings County, Nova Scotia — The Canadian Atlantic
 

Statue of Evangeline

La statue d’Évangéline

 

—Longfellow’s Heroine / Héroïne de Longfellow —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
1. Statue of Evangeline Marker
Inscription. English
This statue of Evangeline, heroine of Longfellow’s epic poem, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, is a powerful emotive symbol of the Deportation. It connects the story of Evangeline to the history of Grand Prê.

Two famous sculptors from Quebec were associated with this statue. The Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) commissioned Henri Hébert to create the statue. Henri said his composition was inspired from a statuette, entitled L’Acadie, produced by his father, Louis-Philippe Hébert. One of Henri’s sisters, Pauline, posed for the face. The “attitude” depicts Evangeline crying for the lost land.

French
Cette statue d’Évangéline, héroïne du poème épique de Longfellow Évanéline: Conte d’Acadie, est un symbole fort et déchirant de la Déportation. Elle établit le lien entre l’historie d’Évangéline et celle de Grand Pré.

Deux célèbres sculpteurs québécois contribuent à la création de la statue. La Dominion Atlantic Railway, (DAR) demande à Henri Hébert de créer l’oeuvre. Selon Henri, sa composition d’inspire d’une statuette réalisée par son père, Louis-Philippe Hébert, et intitulée L’Acadie. Une des soeurs d’Henri, Pauline, a posé pour le visage. L’attitude représente Évangéline «pleurant le pays perdu». (Marker Number 01.)
 
Location.
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By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
2. Statue of Evangeline
45° 6.556′ N, 64° 18.719′ W. Marker is near Grand Pré, Nova Scotia, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Grand-Pré Road just from Old Post Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2205 Grand-Pré Road, Grand Pré, Nova Scotia B0P, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Expulsion of the Acadians (about 180 meters away, measured in a direct line); Grand-Pré Rural Historic District (about 210 meters away).
 
More about this marker. This marker is on the grounds of Grand Pré Rural Historic Site.
 
Also see . . .
1. Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's first epic poem, Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie, published in 1847, is a story of loss and devotion set against the deportation of the Acadian people in 1755. The poem elevated Longfellow to be the most famous writer in America and has had a lasting cultural impact, especially in Nova Scotia and Louisiana, where most of the poem is set. (Submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. Evangeline - Wikipedia. Prior to the influence of Longfellow's poem, historians generally focused on the British founding
Statue of Evangeline Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
3. Statue of Evangeline Marker
Memorial Church in the background.
of Halifax (1749) as the beginning of Nova Scotia. Longfellow's poem shed light on the 150 years of Acadian settlement that preceded the establishment of Halifax.
The Expulsion was planned and executed by New Englanders and British. Longfellow omitted from the poem New England's responsibility for the event. Through his poem, Longfellow defines the British as responsible for the expulsion and America is cast as a place of refuge. This omission may explain in part why Americans were able to celebrate a poem that was based on a traumatic historic event for which they were significantly responsible.
(Submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
The Memorial Church image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, June 17, 2014
4. The Memorial Church
<i>Statue Evangeline and Memorial Church, Grand Pre, N.S.<i> image. Click for full size.
1922
5. Statue Evangeline and Memorial Church, Grand Pre, N.S.
This image is a colored version of that on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 374 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   5. submitted on November 8, 2014. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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