At A Glance
Kosciuszko came from Poland to fight in America’s Revolutionary War
He lived in Philadelphia in a house that is now the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Kosciuszko came from Poland to fight in America’s Revolutionary War. His brilliant work as a military engineer proved crucial to American victory. Later he served heroically in his own country’s struggle for independence. When he returned briefly to Philadelphia, he lived at Third and Pine Streets in a house that is now the Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial.
In honor of the U.S. Bicentennial, the people of Poland donated this bronze sculpture to the City of Philadelphia. The base, provided by the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia, suggests the red and white of the Polish flag.
Voices heard in the Museum Without Walls: AUDIO program: Marian Konieczny (1930-2017) is the Polish sculptor who created General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Patricia Stewart is an art historian who teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Alex Storozynski is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Peasant Prince. Segment Producer: Lu Olkowski
Museum Without Walls: AUDIO is the Association for Public Art’s award-winning audio program for Philadelphia’s outdoor sculpture. Available for free by phone, mobile app, or online, the program features more than 150 voices from all walks of life – artists, educators, civic leaders, historians, and those with personal connections to the artworks.
This artwork is part of the Along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway tour