05 Nov

Sir John A. statue returning to Picton Main Street

Picton – The bronze portrait of Sir John A. Macdonald will return to Picton Main Street later this month.

Sculptor Ruth Abernethy’s artwork Holding Court has been in storage for the past several months while landscaping work took place in front of The Armoury. The statue will now reside on the forecourt of the Picton Library, a short distance east of its former location in front of The Armoury.

As part of the reinstallation, the Prince Edward County Public Library is launching a speaker series. The events are intended to explore the broader historical context of Canada’s first prime minister.

“We are excited to welcome this familiar statue to the library’s public space and engage the community in a conversation about Sir John A. Macdonald’s legacy, especially through the lens of reconciliation,” says Barbara Sweet, CEO, PEC Public Library. “As a community gathering place focused on encouraging learning and inquiry, the PEC Public Library is well positioned to foster these discussions.”

The speaker series kicks off on Tuesday, November 12 with a talk by Niigaanwewidam (Niigaan) Sinclair, an associate professor at the University of Manitoba. He is an award-winning writer, editor, activist, and a regular commentator on Indigenous issues. He was named one of Monocle Magazine’s Top 20 Most Influential People in Canada and one of the CBC Manitoba’s Top Forty under Forty. Niigaan’s father, Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, was the chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

PEC Public Library and the Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board have partnered to welcome Niigaan to Prince Edward County. His talk will begin at 7 pm at the Picton Library (208 Picton Main Street). Additional events in the speakers series will be announced in the coming weeks.

Holding Court depicts the moment when the teenage Macdonald won his first court case in the Picton Courthouse on October 8, 1834 before a judge and jury. Four months later, he became an attorney in Picton and began his career in law. The artwork was commissioned by the MacDonald Project of Prince Edward County and presented to the municipality to celebrate the bicentennial of the birth of Sir John A. Macdonald in 2015. Learn more about the Macdonald Project

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca