Vulcan Dishes Patriot Pedestal
From left, Stockbridge, Ga. City Manager David Milliron, Mayor Mark Alarcon and artist Andy Davis locate the perfect piece of Vulcan granite to showcase patriot Patrick Henry.
Think Vulcan Materials Corp. and you think of crushed rock, sand and gravel that will eventually pave roads and support buildings.
But a sculptor in Henry County, Ga., saw a three-ton block of granite at Vulcan’s Stockbridge quarry and saw the base for his sculpture of American Revolutionary orator and county namesake Patrick Henry, the Henry County Times reports.
The city of Stockbridge and Vulcan teamed up to contribute the shoulder-high block of stone, which will support sculptor Andy Davis’ work in tribute to the speaker of the Revolution-inciting words: “Give me liberty, or give me death.”
At 125 years, the Stockbridge quarry is the oldest operating quarry in Georgia, said Vulcan spokesman Jimmy Fleming, and has been part of Vulcan since 1956.
The nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates, Vulcan is headquartered in Birmingham.