William Lloyd Garrison
The statue of William Lloyd Garrison is located on Commonwealth Avenue Mall between Dartmouth St. and Exeter St. in the Back Bay of Boston.
William Lloyd Garrison was an influential journalist who was an abolitionist, suffragist, and social reformer. He founded and edited the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator and was a founding member of the American Anti-Slavery Society. After the Civil War he became very active in the woman suffrage movement.
A 7' by 4' by 6.33' bronze seated statue of William Lloyd Garrison rests on a 4.75' by 4' by 6.33' granite base. The sculpture was cast 1886 by the Decorative Bronze Company and installed on May 13, 1886. Garrison is holding papers in his right hand. Quills, a book, and an ink stand rest underneath the chair.
The granite base has the following inscriptions:
WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON
I AM IN EARNEST-I WILL NOT EQUIVOCATE
I WILL NOT EXCUSE-I WILL NOT RETREAT
A SINGLE INCH AND I WILL BE HEARD
MY COUNTRY IS THE WORLD-MY COUNTRYMEN
On the back:
1805 - 1879