Indian nation Oneida to unveil statue in Rome, NY
Indian nation Oneida will unveil a new exhibition of bronze sculptures and works of art in downtown Rome on Tuesday morning.
The statue – measuring 7 x 27 – and artwork commemorates the history and significance of Oneida Carrying Place, an essential mode of transportation, commerce and commerce that connected Wood Creek to the Mohawk River before and during the War of Independence, Nation officials said.
The path became a critical strategic area during the American Revolution, when the Oneidas helped defend Fort Stanwix near a British siege.
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The sculpture and works of art are part of a collective effort to direct and showcase Rome’s city center, officials said.
The unveiling will take place at 11 a.m. at 301 W. Dominick St.
Expected officials include Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo and Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr.
Izzo said the project was fully funded by the Nation and that it will help launch public art projects on West Dominck Street, which is part of the City of Town Revitalization (DRI) project.
“There is a lot of history, and it’s another way to present our history to the country,” said Izzo.
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