|Image goes here||
Who Is That Man, Anyway?
Subject: Martin Luther
Sculptor: E. Reitschel
Location: Thomas Circle
( Massachusetts Ave. & 14th )
Martin Luther (1483-1546) was the leader of the German Reformation, creating a break from Catholicism and the beginning of Protestant Christian religions. He objected to the sale of "indulgences" by the Church (forgiveness of sins in return for donations) and nailed a list of questions for debate to the door of the Church in Wittenburg, Germany.
He was excommunicated by the church and spent the remainder of his life translating the Bible into German. Some of the most enduring Protestant hymns, including "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God", were written by Luther.
The statue is a replica of one appearing in a larger statuary group in Worms, Germany. This statue was erected by the Martin Luther Society of New York in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Luther's birth.
Photos and text copyright © 2001 Jean K. Rosales and Michael R. Jobe, All Rights Reserved
Database Integration by SurreyWebDesign.co.uk