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Our Lady of Fatima

Title for the Blessed Virgin Mary due to her apparitions to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917
(Wikipedia)
Thurman Dillard
1953

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Description

Marble statue.

Inscription(s)

OUR LADY OF FATIMA
1953

Signature

Thurman 1953

Annotation

From Jet (p. 48):
Determined Artist Finishes Statue After 4 Years
After bicycling 12 miles a day for four years to a vacant lot where he chiseled away at a marble slab, Negro artist Thurman Dillard completed a statue of "Our Lady of Fatima" for St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colorado Springs, Colo. Lacking a studio of his own, the ex-GI did the job outdoors in all kinds of weather. He selected a four-ton slab from an abandoned quarry at Marble, Colo., a ghost town since 1941. The 8½-foot figure is a modern concept of the lady who is said to have appeared to three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 to ask help in bringing peace to the world. It will be dedicated on March 22 by Archbishop Urban J. Vehr of Denver. An artist of unusial ability, the sculptures and painting of the Colorado College graduate have frequently been exhibited in the central and far western states. Dillard now has a commission to do a statue made of welded steel and transparent plastic for the Junior Chamber of Commerce War Memorial Building in Phoenix, Arizona.

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