Pilgrim Mother Statue
A gift from the Daughters of the American Revolution for the 1921 Tercentenary Celebration. For the Daughters of the American Revolution, 1920 meant honoring this time of female triumph and Plymouth’s 300th Anniversary Celebration with a nod to the Mayflower women, whose numbers were decimated that first winter in Pawtuxet. National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution commissioned Carl Paul Jennewein to sculpt The Pilgrim Mother Fountain on Water Street to commemorate these women. The statue will be rededicated on November 14, 2020 to honor the town’s 400th Commemoration.
The base and bowl of the foundation are made from Deer Island, Maine, granite and the statue is made from Knoxville, Tennessee, marble. Daughters of the American Revolution hold Continental Congresses in Washington, where the organization is headquartered. The Daughters’ 34th Continental Congress describes the statue in some detail: “The statue depicts a Pilgrim woman of mature age. The figure is strong, yet modest; is sweet and gentle, but also vigorous, and has a spiritual quality such as the heroic women of the Mayflower must have had. It expresses faith, devotion and strength of endurance in a great cause and for a great principle. It is clothed in the usual Pilgrim costume, based on the models in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.”