Washington Monument Commemorative Stone: Baltimore Public Schools, (sculpture)
Administered by United States Department of the Interior National Park Service Washington District of Columbia
Located National Mall Adjacent to 14th Street, between Constitution Avenue, N.W. & Independence Avenue, S.W Washington District of Columbia
1851. Installed 1889
Jacob, Judith M., "The Washington Monument: A Technical History and Catalog of the Commemorative Stones," Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2005, pg. 188.
The stone is carved in relief with an image depicting a seated female figure representing Knowledge holding aloft a burning torch with her left hand and a shield by her side with her right hand. Above her head there is an incised inscription reading: PALMAM QUI MERUIT FERAT. Standing in front of her on the left are a boy and girl, both reaching toward the figure of Knowledge. The boy holds a book in his other hand and the girl holds a scroll. Resting on the ground just behind them there is a globe, and farther back there is a public school building. In the distance on the left there is a mountain with figures climbing toward the top, where there is a small temple. On each side of the relief image there are incised names of Baltimore school commissioners, and across the top of the stone there is an inscription carved in relief.
Figure female--Full length
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Education
Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums