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Creator Role

sculptor producer issuer

Description

The medal's obverse design features a bust portrait of James Buchanan Eads, an American civil engineer and inventor who built the first road and rail bridge across the Mississippi in St. Louis. The reverse design depicts a merman whose legs, while separated, have fins instead of feet. The merman is submerged underwater and seems to be pushing his hands against two banks of a body of water, the Mississippi River.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1971

Measurement

1 3/4 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

obverse: THE HALL OF FAME / FOR GREAT AMERICANS / AT NEW YORK / UNIVERSITY RAW 19©71 / JAMES BUCHANAN EADS reverse: THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI IS TAMED / BY HIS KNOWLEDGE AND BY HIS WORKS edge: MEDALLIC ART CO. N.Y. BRONZE

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

commemorative coin

Class

Article

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

3154.32

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

James Buchanan Eads Commemorative Medal (from Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University Medal Series)

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