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Eagle Sculpture Crowns Yorktown Museum Building Entrance

Eagle sculpture at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

“Freedom’s Sentinel,” an 18-foot-wide, 500-pound sculpture depicting an eagle mantling two eaglets between its outspread wings, has been installed on the pediment crowning the main entrance of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown building and is on public view as of May 20, 2016. The work was sculpted by nationally prominent artist David H. Turner, who also created “A Fair Wind” at Jamestown Settlement’s Quadricentennial Plaza.

“Freedom’s Sentinel” was selected as the name for the eagle sculpture through a process involving Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation staff and board members. A stars-and-stripes shield on the eagle’s chest represents the 13 colonies at the time of the Revolution, and the two eaglets reflect the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown’s mission to educate future generations.