Artist unveils Lincoln 'Burial Duty' statue

Artist unveils Lincoln 'Burial Duty' statue

Freeport, Ill. —

The lounge was filled with art enthusiasts and supporters of Ramon “Jay” Castro Thursday as he unveiled his Abraham Lincoln sculpture called “Burial Duty” at Fieldstone in Freeport.

The reception gave Castro a chance to show the public what the life-size statue will look like by showcasing a tabletop version, which is for sale as a fundraiser for the life-size statue. Twenty-five of the small versions are being sold at $2,000 a piece. If sales warrant, more bronze sculptures will be commissioned.

Sunlight Illuminates the Right Hand of the Abraham Lincoln Statue, Washington, D.C.




Sunlight Illuminates the Right Hand of the Abraham Lincoln Statue, Washington, D.C.


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“This is the first public viewing of the sculpture and while we did have a private showing in February, it is great to be able to show something that is part of our history of northwest Illinois,” Castro said. “The smaller version is only in a first edition printing right now, but we’ll see where it goes.

“The price is set to help offset costs for the larger, life-size statue of Lincoln, which will be placed at the Black Hawk War monument outside the village of Kent.”
Fieldstone Inn, owned by Pat and Linda Beckman of Freeport, was the chosen site for the unveiling. Castro was introduced by Patrick and Michael Beckman, both history buffs, who shared a bit of lore of Abraham Lincoln and his ties to Freeport.

“Jay Castro is a former Navy Seal, who served his country,” Michael Beckman said. “He, too, was influenced by war, just like Lincoln and he has captured Illinois’ favorite son.”

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