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“A Fitting Memorial”

Commodore Barry Statue
Ranked #167 of 450 things to do in Philadelphia
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Alexandria, VA
Level 6 Contributor
1,602 reviews
721 attraction reviews
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“A Fitting Memorial”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Nicely crafted statue of Commodore John Barry, a major figure in the development of he American Navy. In the south plaza behind Independence Hall, this is a reminder of the importance of the focus on naval power to combat the omnipresent British navy and its threat to the emerging nation. A beautiful park with Barry's statue at the center, there is room to sit, talk and reflect on the period after the Revolution when the US was creating a new set of institutions on which to build a future. Barry belongs in the larger portrait of key leaders of this period with the statue as one small token of his contribution.

Visited August 2014
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New Jersey
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“Historically important monument”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Good the statue is there - in the back of the Independence Hall - allowing us to remember the historically important figure, Father of the Navy of united States Commodore John Barry. The statue itself is classically beautiful, distinctive and monumental showing Commodore Barry in a commanding pose. It is made of bronze and made by the artist Samuel Murray. Should not miss it while visiting the Independence Mall.

Visited December 2013
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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“At least there's a statue!”
Reviewed 12 November 2013

Commodore John Barry was an important and inspiring person, deserving of a statue. However, my criticism is that the alignment of the security barriers at Independence Square means that relatively few visitors to Independence Hall will take the time to walk around to see the statue, which is the only thing in that part of the Square. My second criticism is that the NPS does little to publicize the statue or Barry's significance - only a plaque on the back.
But it's a nice statue.

Visited November 2013
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Nottingham, Maryland
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“A worthy tribute”
Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

Commodore Barry is probably like Lafayette; while he was very important to the revolution and worthy of building a statue, many people, most notably children, won't know who he is. But then that's why they mad a statue for him. A sight to add to the list.

Visited July 2013
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Geneva, New York
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“Catch a reading of the Declaration of Independence!”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

We saw a group of re-enactors in period dress do a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Loved it!

Visited June 2013
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