Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807- March 24, 1882). Dedicated in 1888, Maine-born sculptor Franklin Simmons constructed the bronze sculpture with a granite base. The memorial was funded by nickels, dimes and pennies collected by New England school children. The names of the children, who contributed to the $17,171.10 memorial, are in a metal box in its base. Did you know that there is another sculpture of Longfellow in Washington, DC? I didn't. Ah! "Evangeline", "The Song of Hiawatha", "Paul Revere's Ride", "My Lost Youth" and "The Children's Hour". -- I still remember reading these in Ms. Storer's eighth grade classroom at Lincoln Junior High.