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Hatchet Wielding Carry A. Nation Returns

3/7/2018
Contact: John D'Angelo, Division of Arts & Cultural Services |

A new bronze sculpture of temperance leader Carry A. Nation will be unveiled and dedicated 10 a.m. on Saturday outside Eaton Hotel, 525 E. Douglas Avenue.

"We are delighted to have this sculpture donated to the City and pleased to have it installed in a historically significant location," said John D'Angelo, Manager of the Division of Arts and Cultural Services.

The new bronze sculpture is a life-size depiction of Nation carrying a hatchet and Bible. The sculpture was created by local artist Babs Mellor and donated to the City of Wichita by Mellor and local philanthropist Eric Engstrom. The location of the new sculpture is significant, because it is the site of Nation's attack on the local Carey Hotel bar on December 27, 1900. 

Nation achieved notoriety in the early 1900's as a leader in the temperance movement, which opposed alcohol prior to the prohibition era. She was known for what she referred to as her "hatchetations," in which she and her followers would march into drinking establishments singing hymns, carrying Bibles and smashing furniture and bottles with a hatchet to protest the consumption of alcohol.

 

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