Discover the Forefathers Monument in America's hometown of Plymouth, Massachusetts—the largest free-standing solid granite monument in the nation. Dedicated in 1889, it was built to honor the first Pilgrims who sailed to America on the Mayflower and established Plymouth Colony.
Learn the fascinating history of this unique monument—from the first idea for a Pilgrim monument in 1819, to a regional competition among artists for its design—awarded to one of Boston's most celebrated architects. Follow the monument's national fundraising campaign which spanned the Civil War and drew a personal donation from a sitting American president—culminating in Plymouth's own rousing dedication ceremony in 1889. Through rare historical photographs, see how the monument looked during construction—as expert carvers and stonecutters from Maine's famous granite quarries brought each of the figures to life!
Unlock the symbolism of Faith, Morality, Law, Education and Liberty through the eyes of the people who inspired it—the Pilgrims. In their own words, hear why they left England to live as exiles in Holland, and why, a decade later—they risked everything again to cross the Atlantic for a new life in America.
Learn how Faith motivated the Pilgrims, and sustained them in their darkest moments.
See how Morality guided the Pilgrims personally, and how this moral code affected their public role as citizens in civic government.
Discover how the Pilgrim Code of Law influenced the founding fathers in composing America's early state constitutions and the Declaration of Independence—cementing liberties that we hold to this day.
Read how the Bible influenced Education at Plymouth Colony, and shaped the education of children throughout colonial America.
Learn how many different forms of Liberty were established at Plymouth Colony—and how the practice of these freedoms gave rise to a nation which “hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
In this essential guide to the Forefathers Monument, learn the five crucial ingredients required for self-government—and why each is necessary to preserve our God-given freedoms. In their own words, hear how the Pilgrim's quest for faith and freedom led them to the shores of Cape Cod—and forever changed the course of human history. Through vivid photography, colorful illustrations, and inspirational quotes from some of our nation's greatest leaders throughout history—rediscover the true Pilgrim story and how it led to the foundation of America.
“Let it inspire all whose eyes shall rest upon it, now and hereafter, with a hatred of tyranny and a love of freedom and peace, a desire for that wisdom which is the product of education, a respect for law tempered by justice and mercy, and a reverence for morality and religion. May it help us and succeeding generations to treasure and transmit the rich legacy of civil and religious liberty bequeathed to us by the Pilgrim Fathers. Amen.”
- Invocation by the Grand Chaplain at the monument’s dedication ceremony on
August 1, 1889
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