All hail Eli Bates
Considered the most successful portrait (statue) of Lincoln in existence, Lincoln the Man is set back, to dramatic effect, from Lincoln Park's southern boundary and entrance at North Avenue.
|Circa 1900 to 1910|
Gratitude to the monument's benefactor, Eli Bates, was expressed at the 1887 unveiling ceremony with a reading of Bates' biography, and in a permanent way with an inscription at the base, "THE GIFT OF ELI BATES."
|Bates Fountain (1887) is the centerpiece to the formal gardens outside Lincoln Park's Conservatory.|
|The tragedy, referenced in this article, that Bates faced as a boy resulted |
in his leg being amputated. He lived the rest of his life with a cork leg.
Like Lincoln, evidence suggests that Bates was a man of great
Ten years following Bates' death, a memorial tablet in his honor was erected in the Unity Church which he helped found.
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*Thank you to David Ratowitz for the haiku!