Thomas Garrigue Masaryk Memorial

1940 – 1949, BRONZE

The Czech people of Chicago suggested a monument be sculpted in honor of the first democratically elected president of Czechoslovakia, Thomas Masaryk. The work personifies one of the legends of the Czech people. In the province of Bohemia is the Blanik Mountain, under which sleeps a heroic company of medieval knights. When their countrymen on the earth are oppressed, the mountain opens and these ancient warriors ride to their rescue. It was said that during World War I the knights appeared in the persons of Masaryk and his legionnaires, founding a new, free country after 300 years of oppression.