The Sayler Park Indian Statue is located in Thornton Triangle, the smallest of Cincinnati’s parks at 1/10th of an acre. It was erected in memory of John Fitzhugh Thornton by his wife Eliza in 1912. Made of a zinc composition with a cast iron pedestal, it was created by the J.L. Mott Foundry of New York and based off of a design by Samuel Anderson Robb. The statue was sold in catalogs as #53 Indian Chief. There eight others like it in the United States. The statue in Sayler Park also goes by the names J. Fitzhugh Thornton Memorial, the Fernbank Indian, and Tecumseh after the Shawnee leader who led the resistance against white settlers expanding into the Ohio region.
This statue has survived the 1937 flood as well as damage by cars. In 1940 the statue was struck by a car and thought to be beyond repair. It was sold to an antiques dealer for $10. After a public outcry, funds were raised and the statue was bought back from the dealer. In 1965 it was once again hit by a car but this time the statue was repaired right away. In 2002 the statue was refurbished and rededicated in 2003.
Sayler Park Indian Statue
Gracely Drive and Thornton Avenue, Sayler Park