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New Bedford to celebrate Fishermen’s Tribute Monument

June 26, 2016

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A statue depicting a fishing family will be installed on the New Bedford waterfront as a tribute to generations of commercial fishermen and their families.

A celebration of the Fishermen’s Tribute Monument will be held Thursday in Tonneson Park. A committee raised money for more than a decade to pay for the monument.

The bronze statue depicts a mother standing near her fisherman husband, who is down on one knee, with the couple’s daughter in his lap and his hand on the shoulder of their son, who holds a crew cap.

The sculpture by New Bedford artist Erik Durant is full of symbolism recognizable to fishing families. The passing of the cap to the son signifies continuation of the fishing tradition, while the clinging daughter expresses the regret of separation.

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