Serenity in Meridian Hill Park

Serenity by Jose ClaraWhile I was tooling around 16th Street over the weekend, I decided to peek into Meridian Hill Park. If you are familiar with the park, you may also be familiar with the sculpture Serenity by Jose Clara.

The sculpture was erected as a gift to the American people from Charles Deering in memory of William Henry Scheutze. William Henry Scheutze (1853-1902), a naval officer who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1873, went on to serve as navigator on the U.S.S. Iowa during the Spanish American War and was active in the U.S. Naval White Squadron in Chicago. This memorial was funded privately by a classmate and friend from the U.S. Naval Academy, Charles Deering. An identical sculpture by the same sculptor is installed in Luxembourg and is known by its Spanish title, “Serenidad.”Serenity by Jose Clara


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