A handsome and fitting monument to the inventor of the wireless telegraph, Guglielmo Marconi, it sat overlooking the tranquil pond. I was impressed by its beauty and its power. I needed to know more of the story so I went to the best source of information that I know, The Providence Public Library.
Betty mailed me the information from the 1953 stories in the Providence Journal. Work for the monument started before WW II in 1937 or so. It was halted when the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Italy at the start of the War. The granite pieces had been completed and stored in Westerly and Providence. A committee of undeterred citizens…Walter F. Fitzpatrick, Oresto DiSaia, Frank Rao and Mrs. Alice Thompson, with advice from Antonio Pace and Luigi Scala…moved forward after the War to get the Roger Williams site approved.
The monument was dedicated on October 26, 1953 with Marconi’s proud daughter, Degna Paresce, the guest of honor. “I am honored and pleased,” she said while standing at the foot of the monument.