Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13th, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia and died on July 4th, 1826 at his home in Monticello. We have yet to visit this famous home just outside of Charlottesville, and the next time we come back it is the first place we will head for.
This particular statue stands in front of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. It was sculpted by Moses Ezekial, and presented to the people on May 25th, 1910.
Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, and as I have mentioned before the third President of the United States and the founder of the University of Virginia.
He was a public official, historian, philosopher and plantation owner, and served his country for over five decades. I read all this information and much more right here.
Jefferson stands holding a copy of the Declaration of Independence, on top of a copy of the Liberty Bell, the original of which is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The inscription around it reads, "To perpetuate the teachings and examples of the founders of the Republic." On the base there are excerpts of the Declaration.
Surrounding the monument's bell are four figures, representing justice, human freedom, liberty and religious freedom.
Below is the State Flag of Virginia. I found a description of it online which read, "A deep blue field contains the seal of Virginia with the Latin motto "Sic Semper Tyrannis" ("Thus Always To Tyrants"). It was adopted in 1776. The two figures are acting out the meaning of the motto. Both are dressed as warriors. the woman, Virtue, represents Virginia. The man holding a scourge and chain shows that he is a tyrant. His fallen crown is nearby." To get a clearer look at the Virginia flag, you can go here.