Spotlight: The return of Edgar Allen Poe

By Stacy Schoonover, Staff Writer
@stacyscootover

The FreeP's take on Poe./ PHOTO BY Maya Devereaux

The FreeP’s take on Poe./ PHOTO BY Maya Devereaux

The goal to bring Edgar Allen Poe back to Boston has finally been reached! The Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston has been raising funds to install Stefanie Rocknak’s Poe Returning to Boston statue, and they finally reached their goal last month.

Rocknak’s statue, chosen from 265 different proposals, shows Poe walking and holding a briefcase with a raven by his side. It’s currently being constructed at New England Sculpture Services in Chelsea, Mass.

Poe, famous for his dark and captivating tales such as “The Raven” and “The Fall of the House of Usher,” was born in Boston in 1809, which the foundation wanted to honor and recognize. Other states show memorials and museums of Poe and his accomplishments, but until now Poe has been kept quiet in the Boston community.

The statue will be installed in Poe Square, located at the intersection of Boylston Street and Charles Street South. Former Mayor Thomas M. Menino dedicated the square, near Poe’s former residence, in 2009, shortly after the Poe Foundation formed.

Thanks to a year of fundraising and a $10,000 grant from the Lynch Foundation, the funding goal of $225,000 has been reached. This money was needed to fund the fabrication, transportation and installation of the statue. It will even cover the maintenance of the statue after installation.

The statue will be revealed at 2 p.m. on Sunday October 5, 2014, just a few days before the 165th anniversary of Poe’s death.

However, here at the FreeP, we were thinking of our own way to honor Poe before October. We thought of locking someone behind one of the walls of the FreeP, putting a beating heart under one of the desks in the office or even keeping a pet raven. But we settled on making a statue of our own. Enjoy.

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