2320 County Route 7, Oswego, New York | Museum / Exhibit
A larger-than-life-sized statue of dress reform activist Mary Edwards Walker stands before the entrance of the Oswego Town Hall on County Route 7. Sculpted by local artist Sharon BuMann, it was installed in 2012. In addition to the statue, inside the Town Hall are displayed exhibits about Walker’s life and achievements.
In this close-up view, Walker is seen gesturing toward her Medal of Honor, which she wore throughout her life. When her medal was revoked as part of a Congressional reform in 1917, she refused to surrender it and continued to wear it in public.
The lectern is inscribed with a Mary Edwards Walker quotation and a facsimile of her signature. The inscription reads: "I have got to die before people will know who I am and what I have done. It is a shame that people who lead reforms in this world are not appreciated until after they are dead; then the world pays its tributes …"