Art@Site Hermon Atkins MacNeil Jaques Marquette Memorial

Hermon Atkins MacNeil


Jaques Marquette Memorial

Douglas Park
Jaques Marquette [1637-1675], the Jesuit expolorer-priest is shown here with Louis Joliet [1645 - 1700] and an Algonquin Indian.
The words etched are: “This memorial erected by the trustees of the B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund to commemorate the discoveries and sacrifieces of the missionary Pere Marquette. Dedicated MCMXXVI.”
The book, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Art", by Ira J. Bach, and Mary Lackritz Gray, has some further information on this memorial.
An excerpt: “The three are depicted at the moment in the summer of 1673, when the French man, guided along the ancient Indian portage that linked the Des Plaines River with the South Branch of the Chicago river, recongized that a canal at this point would link the entire Great Lakes system with the Mississippi watershed . Today the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, south of this point, makes that connection.”