Friday, August 14, 2009

Stephen Girard: Still Making Waves

The gossip site Philebrity took a moment recently to weigh the legacy of Stephen Girard (1750-1831), a wealthy banker who among other things founded Girard College.

Philebrity's conclusion: "Over 150 Years Later, Still Kind of a Dick."

Why would a gossip site care about a long-dead Philadelphia banker? Apparently, the statue of Girard that stands behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art was recently defaced with a passionate (if misspelled) "doucbag" across the base of the statue.

This photo shows the statue in 1912, when it stood outside City Hall; you can see a photo of the graffiti here.

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