When DuPont Was in the Circle

The park in the center of Dupont Circle originally featured a statue of Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont (1803-1865), but the DuPont Family deemed it too insignificant to honor their ancestor.
Dupont Park

Wanting a fitting memorial, they got permission to move the original statue to Delaware and hired Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester French to design the fountain that is well known today. The new fountain was completed and dedicated on May 17, 1921. It features three allegorical figures that represent the three elements necessary to navigation: wind, sea, and stars.Dupont fountain

Today, the original sculpture is located at the entrance to Rockford Park in Wilmington, Delaware. You can see better images of the statue here>>

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