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Holy Cow, Jeanne d’Arc Got Her Sword Back!!!

by Prince Of Petworth — December 11, 2011 at 10:22 pm 20 Comments

Last week a reader wrote in saying he noticed some workers were cleaning up the Jeanne d’Arc statue in Meridian Hill Park. I was eager to check it out as this is my favorite statue (in my favorite park) in the city. [Ed. Note: Check out a video of the dedication with President Harding in 1922 here.] I had always hoped the sword would be repaired one day. This summer I was blown away when I saw the very same Jeanne d’Arc statue with sword in tact in Paris. So when I stopped by the park this weekend to check out the cleaning, my jaw hit the ground. Behold:

Are you glad the sword was repaired?

After the jump a few alternative Jean D’arc shots before the sword was replaced


Photo by PoPville reader Elizabeth


Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw


Photo by PoPville flickr user AaronLeavy

  • mrtindc

    Awesome!

  • Brian Levy

    2 yrs of Meridian Hill Neighborhood Association lobbying the National Park Service on this one. Looks great!

  • nateb

    Would I be an asshole if I said the pommel and the rest of the sword don’t line up?

  • Craig

    Just a minor quibble: “Jean” is “John” in French. The female name, corresponding to “Joan” in English, is “Jeanne”.

    But otherwise, it’s very cool that the National Park Service repaired the statue at last.

  • HorseShoe

    This makes me so happy! Particularly because everything I’ve learned about this statue has come from PoP’s postings (i.e., how much he & PoPville love this statue and wanted it repaired!). Thanks for sharing, and congrats to those who worked so hard to make it happen.

  • jm

    can’t believe it finally happened! it’s a christmas miracle!

  • hiphopanonymous

    Uh, is it bad that I didn’t know the sword was missing? :-$

  • orderedchaos

    Love it!

  • phenomejon

    i liked her better with flowers

  • Melissa Gilbert

    “Bigmouth Strikes Again”

    Sweetness
    sweetness I was only joking when I said
    I’d like to smash every tooth in your head.
    Oh sweetness
    sweetness I was only joking when I said
    by rights you should be bludgeoned in your bed.

    And now I know how joan of arc felt
    now I know how joan of arc felt
    as the flames rose to her roman nose
    and her discman started to melt

    Bigmouth la da dum da da
    bigmouth la da da da, bigmouth strikes again
    and I’ve got no right to take my place
    in the human race
    Oh
    bigmouth la da dum da da
    bigmouth la da da da
    bigmouth strikes again
    and I’ve got no right to take my place
    in the human race

    And now I know how joan of arc felt
    now I know how joan of arc felt
    as the flames rose to her roman nose
    and her megadrive started to melt

    Bigmouth la da dum da da
    bigmouth la da da da
    bigmouth strikes again
    and I’ve got no right to take my place
    in the human race
    Oh
    bigmouth la da dum da da
    bigmouth la da da da bigmouth strikes again
    and I’ve got no right to take my place
    in the human race.

    • adam

      a classic!

  • shawguy

    Okay, she looks good with the sword repaired and all, and I’m a big fan of historical accuracy, but am I the only one here who thinks light-sabre Joan of Arc in the second to last photo looks kinda awesome??

    • hennessey

      no, you are not.

    • PH

      I think it’s pretty cool too.

  • Mike

    Now if we could just get rid of that hideous 1960s apartment complex that is directly in front of her. I bet the view was spectacular before that hideous thing went up.

    • KenyonDweller

      That building was actually quite controversial when it went up because Meridian Hill Park was supposed to have an unobstructed view. We’re stuck with it now, unfortunately.

    • indc

      Completely agree — it’s akin to a visual assault on my sore retinas.

  • Kevin

    How did the sword break in the first place?

  • Anonymous

    Yay!

  • Denise

    Great job Brian and thanks for getting this completed!

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