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There is a statue/bust in my church, which seems to have been there since before anyone currently in the church can remember. Anyone have any idea who it is of?
If it’s a Baptist church, my gut instinct is to say Ann Judson. But that’s probably not right.
If it is supposed to be her, the resemblance isn’t that great when compared to other likenesses. And the clothing seems a bit flashy.
This is true. Ann was just one of the few prominent historical Baptist women I’m familiar with.
However, as for resemblance and clothing: consider Horatio Greenough’s depiction of George Washington currently housed at the Smithsonian:
But you’re still right. It’s probably not her.
Perhaps a queen?
The Queen of Heaven, of course!
Is that a dove with an olive branch on her head? The necklace appears to made from some animal teeth. The dress could have native American Indian influence in it. A Southern gal? I think it’s Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
Joan the Baptist, of course.