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Matrix of Liberty poster - explained
Transcript of Matrix of Liberty poster - explained
a National Treasure!
Nearly forgotten, the National Monument to the Forefathers is rooted in God’s providential love. Not only is the monument a testament honoring the many sacrifices made by the Pilgrims seeking religious freedom but it is a formula for current and future generations to follow in order to keep Liberty alive.
At 81 feet tall and 180 tons, it is thought to be the world’s largest solid granite monument. The National Monument to the Forefathers, formerly known as the Pilgrim Monument, commemorates the Mayflower Pilgrims and honors their Christian ideals and values. The ‘matrix of liberty’ combines those ideals and values of Faith, Morality, Law, Education, and Liberty, that when adhered to creates a free society for the people, and by the people.
The Monument was commissioned by the Pilgrim Society, built with public funding, and designed by Hammatt Billings. It is located on Allerton Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts and was dedicated on August 1, 1889. The forefathers’ matrix of liberty is the only successful strategy of liberty ever carried out in the history of mankind.
Faith is a virtuous figure standing 36 feet tall, Faith points toward heaven as if to say “Trust in God” while her left hand clutches a Geneva Bible. The star on Faith’s forehead indicates honor and the importance of gaining knowledge through the Bible.
Faith’s foot rests on Plymouth Rock. Faith preserves freedom.
The monument’s pedestal is octagonal, with
four large seated figures representing the Christian values and principles made known
by the Pilgrims.
Descriptions of each figure appear on the poster.
Liberty wears a slain lion skin on his back, his sword is sheathed, the chains once around his wrists and ankles are broken. Liberty is poised to defend our liberties whenever necessary.
Under the seat of Liberty are Tyranny Overthrown and Peace.
The smaller figures shown in relief around the base represent virtues and depictions of the Pilgrims and their journey.
Next to Liberty is Landing
Next to Morality is Embarcation
Next to Law is Treaty
Next to Education is Compact
Explanation of the Monument given by Dr. Marshall Foster to Kirk Cameron in the movie 'Monumental'.
Song "Hands and Feet" by Stephen Fryrear
can be purchased on itunes.