On Saturday, November 9, 2013, the public is invited to the 100th anniversary of the recently restored John Breckinridge Castleman Statue in the Cherokee Triangle, Louisville. The day of celebration will kick off the commemoration with a grand procession followed by the ceremony.
The planned parade will start at 2:00 p.m., head up along Cherokee Parkway from Willow Park to the statue at Cherokee Road. Participating in the colorful parade will be high-wheeled cyclists, a mounted representative from the American Saddlebred Horse Association and the Louisville Mounted Police.
Lending their talents to the commemoration will be the Louisville Youth Choir who will present a musical program for the enjoyment of everyone. There will be a color guard presentation. Also planned is the dedication of a centennial plaque and a Castleman Tree at the end of the parkway median, planted by the Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
Speakers will include Mayor Greg Fischer; Tim Holz, president of the Cherokee Triangle Association; Col. Hal Lamberton, Kentucky National Guard; Liz DeHart, Olmsted Conservancy; and Mary Anne Cronan, American Saddlebred Horse Association.
Originally dedicated on November 8, 1913, the lifelike statue has been faithfully and carefully restored for approximately $40,000 by Daedalus conservators of Watertown, Massachusetts. It pays tribute to Civil War General John Breckinridge Castleman (1841-1918) and his American Saddlebred mare, Carolina. As part of the restoration, the old sealant was completely removed and the statue was repatinated, resealed and rewaxed.
Castleman was interred in nearby Cave Hill Cemetery. He was a Louisville civic leader and parks commissioner and received a law degree in 1868 from the University of Louisville. Castleman was an avid horseman and one of the founders of the American Saddlebred Horse Association.
Prints of an original watercolor painting by Pat Hagan were unveiled on August 22 and will be made available at the commemoration event. A signed and numbered limited edition print can be purchased for $100. An unsigned print is also available for $50. They prints are also available from the Neighborhood Association or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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