Elroy Johnson Memorial

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The need to memorialize events or people is complex; in some cases, monuments honor moments of great achievement, while in other cases, monuments pay homage to deep sacrifice. A monument’s size, location, and materials are all considerations in planning and creating a memorial to the past. When memorializing a group a person and creating a monument, one must consider the historical significance of both the memorial and its location, and the impact such a memorial will have on people, whether they be of the past, present, or future. Creating monuments were often a need to place important figures upon a pedestal. These figures include president, war heroes, musicians, perhaps even town mayors but they were all well known by many people and had an…show more content…
However, no one wanted the sculpture. “The statue was vandalized, repaired, and ended up in a warehouse where it was eaten by rats.” States source F, simply because no one wanted a man and his lobster. The man. H. Elroy Johnson, made money trapping lobsters. It was his livelihood and he was proud of it, but what impact did he have on the rest of the nation? Memorials are meant to honor someone or something important and this source clearly states that this man and his livelihood were not important to the overall value of the state of Maine and therefore, not important enough to be commemorated after death. When discussing Source C, an excerpt from an online opinion article published in a major newspaper, almost the same situation is brought up. Discussed here are two monuments, Mount Rushmore, credited universally as a federal monument and national icon, and The Crazy Horse Memorial, the likeness of a great Sioux leader, credited as a solitary dream, stand only a few miles next to one another. The Crazy Horse Memorial has been in construction since 1948, and still to this day, only his face has been completed. Here is the

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