Charles Linn statue

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Charles Linn statue in 2014

The Charles Linn statue is a portrait statue of Charles Linn commissioned from Branko Medenica and dedicated in the southeast quadrant of Linn Park on May 29, 2013.

The 8-foot-tall statue was commissioned by the Alabama-Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in honor of their "Legacy of Leadership" campaign chairman, Arthur Henley, a descendant of Linn.

The statue's appearance was based on an oil portrait hanging in the Linn-Henley Research Library, though the final sculpture includes the addition of a full beard. The banker and industrialist stands looking straight ahead with his hand resting on a short column with relief panels illustrating episodes from his life and career. The column itself is meant to symbolize his role in banking. The inset anchor symbolizes his time as a sea captain. An iron crucible and coal car represent his industrial activities. and a tree recognizes his role in creating a city park.

Medenica's sketch for the statue
Medenica supervised the installation of the 800-pound statue on its 5-foot-tall granite base on May 28, 2013. It was dedicated the following day during ceremonies marking "World MS Day".

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