December 1, 2011

Hygeia, the monument for Harriot Hunt, was created by celebrated African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis.

Dr. Harriot Kezia Hunt commissioned her own monument prior to her death. Hunt was not only one of the first women to practice medicine in America, but also an impassioned abolitionist and feminist reformer. She helped design the sculpture, choosing Hygeia, the Greek goddess of health, as her monument.

This historically significant work was recently conserved.


One Comment

  1. J. deLeon McDuffie, MBA, CPA says:

    There are extremely precious few sculptures by Edmonia Lewis that survive today. Please “restore” this piece and do your best to protect it. If at all possible, it would be good to contact descenants of Dr. Hunt and inquire as to whether they might consider placing this sculpture in one of the major art collections that have a significant Edmonia Lewis appreciation: The Smithsonian, or the Howard University Museum. Some of her major pieces that have survived include “Moses”, “Death of Cleopatra” both at the Smithsonian; “Forever Free” at Howard University. One of her “Marriage of Hiawatha” is in a private collection.

    It would be sad to see this piece, (i.e., Hygeia) succumb any further to the natural elements.

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