There may be something to an event that happend today May 17th, 2016 regarding a statue of Benjamin Franklin who was one of the founding fathers of the United States. The statue has stood for more than 160 years and has been brought down by suddenly by wind. Bonnie McGilpin, a spokesperson for Mayor Martin Walsh’s office, said high wind gusts knocked a tent into the statue, and the force caused the bronze Benjamin Franklin to topple to the ground.
Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He was the tenth son of soap maker, Josiah Franklin. Benjamin’s mother was Abiah Folger, the second wife of Josiah. In all, Josiah would father 17 children.
“It is being inspected now and [soon] we should have more details to share,” she said, in an email to the Boston Globe. “The Boston Art Commission is working with a professional curator on the repair plan. Nobody was hurt in the incident. But a passerby snapped a photo of the scene and posted it to Twitter, alongside this sad text: “After tumbling off his pedestal, this #FoundingFather has been wrapped and bagged, Old City Hall. #benjaminfranklin.” The executive director of the Boston Art Commission said it could take up to a month to repair the statue and the cement that cracked under the weight of Franklin’s head. READ MORE