The George Rogers Clark monument is located at the intersection of West Main Street and Jefferson Park Avenue. Completed by sculptor Robert Ingersoll Aitken in 1921, the statue is remarkable for its enormous size, especially considering that in 1921 it was far more prominent among the backdrop of trees than it is now, dwarfed by the buildings and busy roads that surround it. As a commentator in the University of Virginia Alumni News wrote, “the group statue will make an imposing scene at the entrance to the University.” (Alumni News v.10, 1921, 326) The inscription on the statue “Conqueror of the Northwest” suggests that its height and magnitude are a testament to the heroic legacy of George Rogers Clark as both a patriot of the Revolutionary War and a pioneer of what was then very much a frontier. Like the statue of Lewis and Clark, it mingles a sense of regional pride with national patriotism, a common technique after World War I. (Bodner, 1992, 113-114)








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