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Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse

 
 
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By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
1. Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. Exterior statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse includes, most prominently, six seated figures carved from single blocks of Tennessee marble, representing Wisdom, Justice, Liberty, Authority, Peace, and Prosperity. Near the top of the north facade are six standing figures: Prudence, Courage, Integrity, Learning, Mercy, and Temperance. Pediments above the Second, Adams Avenue, and Third Street entrances are decorated with carved scenes depicting religious laws, Roman law, statutory law, common law, civil law and criminal law. At the apex of
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each of these pediments is the head of Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom. Since 1921 the south corridor has featured a bust of President Andrew Jackson, one of the founders of Memphis. Sculpted by John Frazee from life in 1835, the bust was purchased by the City in 1858 and originally placed in the Court Square two blocks southwest of this site. The bust features at its base the words of Jackson's famous toast "Our Federal Union, It must and shall be preserved." This inscription was defaced during the Civil War but, like the Union itself, was soon restored.
 
Erected by The Seal of Shelby County Tennessee.
 
Location. 35° 8.864′ N, 90° 
Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
2. Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse Marker
2.969′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Adams Avenue and Third Street, on the right when traveling west on Adams Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 212 Adams Avenue, Memphis TN 38103, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shelby County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Peter Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Calvary Protestant Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Forrest's Early Home (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 1862 Post Office (about 300 feet away); Former Criminal Courts Building (about 400 feet away); Eugene Magevney (about 400 feet away); Piggly Wiggly (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USGovernmentWar, US Civil
 
Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
3. Statuary at the Shelby County Courthouse Marker
Authority & Liberty image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
4. Authority & Liberty
Peace & Prosperity image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
5. Peace & Prosperity
Justice image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, May 18, 2010
6. Justice
Authority image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, September 14, 2010
7. Authority
Wisdom image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, September 14, 2010
8. Wisdom
Justice image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, September 14, 2010
9. Justice
Liberty image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, September 14, 2010
10. Liberty
Peace image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, September 14, 2010
11. Peace
Prosperity image. Click for full size.
By Christopher Light, September 14, 2010
12. Prosperity
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 1,088 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on July 1, 2010, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. submitted on November 2, 2010, by Christopher Light of Valparaiso, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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