This weekend, Edgar Allan Poe returns to Boston. Or his likeness does, at least.
A statue of Poe will be placed on the corner of Boylston Street and Charles Street South, in Poe Square, funded by the Poe Foundation and a $75,000 grant from the city of Boston. The square marks where Poe, who was born in Boston in 1809, would get off the train to go to his Carver Street home, according to Patricia Bartevian, a member of the Poe Foundation.
The statue’s unveiling will occur on Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2:00 p.m.
The sculpture was made by Stefanie Rocknak, an artist from New York whom the foundation chose from 265 proposals. The statue depicts Poe, suitcase in hand, coat billowing in the wind, with a large raven leading the way ahead of him on his stroll back to the place from where he came. Bartevian said it is a fitting statue for a city that has sought to stake its claim as the prolific author’s hometown.