Beside his left foot is his book, Physical Geography of the Sea, as well as a Bible, indicating the central role that faith played in Maury's life. He added, “I showed up to go down to Manassas with this family. Deane Maury, 68, said Fontaine Maury is his great uncle, seven generations back. 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As for claims by some that removing Confederate statues is an attempt to erase history, Deane Maury had this response about his ancestor’s case: “His history is never going to be erased. Mike Murillo | @MikeMurilloWTOP. All rights reserved. website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. The committee selected Richmond sculptor Frederick William Sievers, the author of many Lost Cause memorials, to produce the work and he created the "most allegorical of Richmond's monuments." As the statue of Confederate naval officer Matthew Fontaine Maury came down Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, one of his descendants heartily supported the removal. He holds in his left hand a pencil and compass and in his right hand a copy of his charts. The statue at … Va. sees COVID-19 cases surge. For Deane Maury, he said though everyone in his family may not share his opinion, he believes the predominant view is in line with his. As the statue of Confederate naval officer Matthew Fontaine Maury came down in Richmond, one of his descendants heartily supported the removal. What Deane Maury didn’t realize until later in life was the role Fontaine Maury played in the Civil War, which included lobbying European countries to support the Confederacy. ", On July 2, 2020, during a purported emergency of local civil unrest due to nationally sensational reporting of police brutality in Minneapolis, the bronze statue of a chair-seated Maury (representing his handicap) on the lower semi-circular sub-pedestal was quickly removed due to its small size and accessibility; a bronze sculpture higher up on the round main pedestal, featuring a globe sculpture with various figures representing Maury's oceanographic travel and work remained until a week later on July 9th and was removed amid litigation to stop removal of additional memorials temporarily due to concern that the mayor was without authority to remove any of the historic monuments. “The hard fact is he made the wrong moral choice in the most critical part of his life,” Deane Maury said of his ancestor. The statue of Maury was removed on July 2, 2020, though the pedestal, sub-pedestal, and bronze globe portion of the monument remained. “I was glad they took the statue down,” Matthew Deane Maury, of Bethesda, Maryland, told WTOP. Deane Maury said he supports the removal of all Confederate statues not only in Richmond, but throughout the nation. The "Pathfinder of the Seas" monument of Matthew Fontaine Maury is located on Monument Avenue at Belmont Avenue.. “Confederates were treasonous and racists, and believed in a racist cause,” Deane Maury said. © 2020 WTOP. Eventually the United Daughters of the Confederacy joined in the fundraising, the State of Virginia and the City of Richmond each donated $1,000, and even President Wilson, a native Virginian, joined the Association. The Fontaine Maury statue removal in Richmond comes after Mayor Levar Stoney ordered all Confederate statues on city property be taken down. “Any public square in a place of honor is not a place for, in my opinion, any Confederates who tried to dissolve the union and preserve slavery,” Deane Maury said. “My mom said, ‘You can go, but I am going to make your uniform,’ and she made me a Union uniform with blue pants and a yellow stripe,” Deane Maury said. But Matthew Fontaine Maury – the “Pathfinder of the Seas" – was better known for his work in oceanography and other sciences before the Civil War. Growing up, Deane Maury said he knew about his ancestor’s contributions to science, especially the contributions to modern oceanography, which earned the man the nickname “the Pathfinder of Seas.”. Get breaking news and daily headlines delivered to your email inbox by signing up here. It was partially deconstructed with the lower statue on July 2, 2020 amid an extended emergency declaration order by the Governor.. But Matthew Fontaine Maury — the “Pathfinder of the Seas” — was better known for his work in oceanography and other sciences before the Civil War. In 1915 the Matthew Fontaine Maury Association was founded with the purpose of erecting a monument to Maury though serious fundraising did not happen until after the end of the First World War. They nearly died.”. The seated figure of Maury faced eastward, toward the Atlantic Ocean that the "Pathfinder of the Seas" charted. 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Log in to your WTOP account for notifications and alerts customized for you. The statue at … He said his mother told him he was named after Fontaine Maury. Copyright © 2020 by WTOP. July 2, 2020 at 3:55 PM EDT RICHMOND — The former capital of the Confederacy removed a second Confederate monument Thursday morning, taking just over an hour to dismantle and lower the statue … This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area. WTOP.com | Alexa | Google Home | WTOP App | 103.5 FM. As the statue of Confederate naval officer Matthew Fontaine Maury came down Thursday in Richmond, Virginia, one of his descendants heartily supported the removal. Around the base of the globe are depictions of people clinging to a sinking boat in bad weather representing the dangers of the sea with a woman in the center, and on the right (north) side of the globe there is a farmer, boy and a dog representing Maury's work promoting land weather service, which dates back further than 1853. Despite his family’s history, Deane Maury said he considered himself a Union sympathizer, and didn’t understand the “Lost Cause” interpretation. , The sculpture was designed by Frederick William Sievers and unveiled on November 11, 1929. It represents both land and sea, and the woman standing calmly is a representation of Mother Nature between the land and sea. The monument was unveiled as part of an Armistice Day celebration on November 11, 1929. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in conversation about this article and others. A globe of the Earth mounted on the upper pedestal is tilted slightly on its axis behind his head. EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier versionof this story incorrectly spelled Deane Maury’s name. All Rights Reserved. What about Northern Va.?  The globe was removed on July 9, 2020.
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