While spring officially started on March 20, almost two weeks ago, you wouldn’t know it by the weather in southeast Michigan this weekend.
Last night’s cold front brought frigid temperatures and snow flurries, which left a dusting of snow over everything.
Including the Alpheus Starkey Williams statue in the middle of Belle Isle State Park in Detroit, Michigan.
When I was birdwatching at the park today, the light dusting of snow gave the statue an interesting look and I had to take a few photos.
About Alpheus Starkey Williams
Few take the time to read the encryptions at the base of the monument which highlights Williams’ history and achievements as a Detroit lawyer, judge, soldier, and public official.
On one side of the monument, you’ll find the encryption:
“The Michigan Commandery of the military order of the
Loyal Legion of the United States and citizens of Detroit
have erected this tribute to the valor and abilities of
Alpheus S. Williams, lieut-colonel First Michigan Infantry volunteers
in the war with Mexico Brig-general and brevet maj-general
United States volunteers in the Civil War”
On the other side of the monument, you’ll find another encryption:
“Hero of two wars Judge, editor Postmaster, diplomat
Member of Congress An untiring servant of the people
An honor to the City of Detroit”
Williams served in the Mexican-American War and Civil War, minister to San Salvador (now El Salvador), and Congressional representative for Detroit before he died in office in 1878.
The monument was erected on October 15, 1921. You can learn more about Williams at the Historical Detroit website.