Oswego dedicates statue
to former Rome doctor

Dr. Mary E. Walker

OSWEGO — The Oswego Town Historical Society will dedicate the Dr. Mary E. Walker statue at 10 a.m. on Saturday, in front of the Town Hall, 2320 County Route 7. The event is free and open to the public.

The only woman ever awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Dr. Walker had practiced medicine in Rome before going to help in the Civil War.

Dr. Walker was a pioneer female physician who earned her medical degree from Syracuse Medical College in 1855. She was a leader in the 19th century dress reform movement and an advocate of civil rights and equality for all. She believed that women had the inherent right to vote and supported that cause throughout her life. In 1865, she was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Andrew Johnson for her medical services during the Civil War.

The statue project was started by the historical society in 2003. Oswego County resident Sharon BuMann was selected as the sculptor of the statue, which features Dr. Walker as she would have appeared during the Civil War era. The statue is cast in bronze and mounted on a granite base.

Walker biographer Dr. Sharon Harris will give the keynote presentation.. A book signing will be available following the dedication ceremony. Other publications and items will be offered for sale.

Musical entertainment will include an appearance by the 10th Mountain Division U.S. Army Band Brass Quintet from Fort Drum. A shuttle service will be provided from the Oswego Town Highway Garage parking lot at 2227 County Route 20 to and from the town hall. There will be no parking in the town hall lot the day of the event. Seating will also be limited and it is suggested that anyone who needs a chair bring one.

For more information, contact the Oswego Town Hall weekdays at 343-2586.