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Plaque finally unveiled at Macdonald square

Macdonald-plaque-Oct-23-2015David Warrick, Chair of the Macdonald Project was pleased to finally unveil the plaque for the Ruth Abernethy sculpture of John A. Macdonald downtown Picton.

“It’s hard to believe that we’ve been waiting for this plaque for three and a half months,” he said, noting thanks to everyone who made the effort to explain to the many tourists what the sculpture represents.

“We’re glad that merchants and residents took time to remind visitors that this bronze sculpture represents the beginning of our first prime minister’s career in law in Picton Upper Canada in 1834. Here he won his first court case before a judge and jury and here he became an attorney before moving to Kingston.

“The process of designing, translating, ordering and manufacturing a porcelain enamel panel took much longer than we first envisaged. Now that it’s here, we hope that everyone will enjoy this plaque for years to come.”

macdonald-plaque unveilAt the unveiling, Warrick thanked Mayor Rober Quaiff and staff at Community Development for their assistance in making the project happen along with Scott Wentworth and his team for professional design and installation of the work. He also thanked those who participated in the unveiling of the sculpture during Canada Day celebrations, including Dawn Stafrace, Sonya Szabo and Lyndsay Richmond.

“With less than two years to the 150th anniversary of Canada, we need to prepare for more celebrations in the County,” said Warrick. “We’ve a lot to celebrate in Canada. We don’t always appreciate the extraordinary sacrifices that our ancestors made for this great country.”

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