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Henry Church

 (1836 - 1908)
Henry Church was active/lived in Ohio.  Henry Church is known for folk art rock carving, still life.

Biography   Henry Church


A self-taught rock carver and painter from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, Henry Church did bas-relief rock carving, of which the most famous is the 30 foot-high "Squaw Rock", which can be seen from the Chagrin River. The formal name is "The Rape of the Indian Tribes by the White Man". About twelve miles from Cleveland, this carving has become a local landmark with a picnic grounds nearby. The name relates to the carved rock life-size female nude encircled by a snake, intended to symbolize the rape of the American Indian by the white man. Reportedly Church carved the Indian woman by lantern light, and the subject, according to Jessie Sargent, daughter of the carver, related to his strong, spiritual feelings for the Indians.

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