Original Author: Lee Photographic Gallery, Richmond
Henry Clay Statue in Richmond
This 1874 stereograph shows the Henry Clay monument on the grounds of the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond. The sculptor Joel Tanner Hart created the life-sized marble statue of Clay that was unveiled on April 12, 1860. The Virginia Association for Erecting a Statue to Henry Clay—a fund-raising entity organized with the aim of honoring the Whig Party leader—was formed in Richmond in 1844, with Lucy Johnson Barbour elected as president. Barbour, the widow of James Barbour, a former governor of Virginia, was attacked in the Democratic press, as it was deemed improper for a woman to be so politically active.