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  • Mary Draper Fountain
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  • Mary Draper Fountain

Mary Draper Fountain

Artist:

Unknown

Location:

West Roxbury Branch Library, at Centre St. and Mount Vernon St.  

Location

West Roxbury Branch Library, at Centre St. and Mount Vernon St.
United States
42° 17' 0.1284" N, 71° 9' 26.0928" W

Neighborhood:

West Roxbury

Type:

Sculptural fountain

Year:

1905

Medium:

Granite

Collection:

Funders:

Unknown

Description:

During the Revolutionary War, Mary Draper and her daughter provided a tireless stream of food, supplies, and shelter to the soldiers passing by their Dedham/West Roxbury area farm. Draper’s acquaintances claimed that she took every opportunity to provide for the troops—she reportedly went so far as to sew her linens into men’s garments and melt down her pots and pans for ammunition. In 1905, a memorial fountain made of local granite was dedicated to her memory by the Mary Draper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and placed in front of the West Roxbury Branch Library. In 1989, the fountain was moved to the newly built Reading Garden of the Library, which features brick paving, ornamental plantings and trees, benches, and lighting.

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