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Accession Number 2014.002
Catalog Number 2014.002.003
Object Name Print, Photographic
Title These Are My Jewels
Photographer Wm. B. Owens Photography
Description Black-and-white photographic print of the monument "These Are My Jewels" on the Ohio Statehouse grounds.
Year Range from 1960
Year Range to 1965
Caption Photograph of "These Are My Jewels" at the Ohio Statehouse
Notes "These Are My Jewels" was unveiled on Ohio Day, September 14, 1893, at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago. More than 50,000 people attended the unveiling ceremony, listening to speeches by Ohio Governor William McKinley, former President Rutherford B. Hayes and General Roeliff Brinkerhoff, president of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, who conceived the idea for the statue: "As a whole there is no block of equal size upon the globe that is equal to Ohio in all that is essential for the abode of civilized men, but unfortunately we can not show Ohio as a whole, and when we look at our mines, or manufactures, or agriculture, or material products of any kind, there is no one thing of especial importance in which we are not surpassed by some other State, and so to show up Ohio in such a way as to compel attention and remembrance from the multitude, I suggest that we place a statue to represent Ohio's heroes, civic and military.

It occurred to me that mind was more than matter, and persons are greater than things, and that States are not glorified by bigness or richness so much as by men, and then it was easy to show pre-eminence for Ohio, for in men of world wide renown Ohio is absolutely peerless among the States of the Union."

Intended as a showcase of Ohio's industry, agriculture, art and handiwork, the statue was situated in the forecourt of the Expositions' Ohio Building, Unfortunately, the building turned out to be an elaborate "comfort station," or public restroom, causing it to suffer many indignities.

Levi Tucker Scofield, a former Union officer, designed "These Are My Jewels." Known primarily as an Ohio architect, Scofield created one other monument-the heroic "Sailors and Soldiers Monument" on Cleveland's Public Square.

"These Are My Jewels" features Cornelia, an allegorical figure from Roman history that represents Ohio. When visiting friends asked Cornelia to show them her finery and jewels, she cunningly presented her two sons-prominent military and political men-announcing, "These are my jewels."

Scofield's original statue honored six Ohio's jewels in life-size bronze figures: General Ulysses S. Grant, General Phillip Sheridan, General William T. Sherman, Edwin M. Stanton, James A. Garfield, and Salmon P. Chase. When the monument was moved to the Statehouse grounds at the close of the Chicago exposition in 1894, a figure of former Ohio governor and ex-President Rutherford B. Hayes was added at the request of then-Ohio governor, William McKinley.

"These Are My Jewels" is located near the northwest corner of Broad and High Streets.
Provenance This photograph was found in the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board's main office in the Ohio Statehouse.

The Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board took over the care of the Statehouse and its collections in 1988.
Print size 8-1/8" x 10"
People Chase, Salmon Portland, 1808-1873
Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881
Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885
Hayes, Rutherford B., 1822-1893
Scofield, Levi Tucker, 1842-1917
Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888
Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891
Stanton, Edwin M. (Edwin McMasters), 1814-1869
Subjects Monuments & memorials
Search Terms These Are My Jewels