An Aug. 15 Arts article incorrectly said that Joan of Arc was born in the village of Arc. She was born in the village of Domremy, now known as Domremy-la-Pucelle. (Published 8/19/04)
This equestrian statue of Joan of Arc is in Meridian Hill Park. Of the numerous hero-on- horseback sculptures in Washington, this is the only one whose warring rider is a woman. Joan was born in the village of Arc in 1412. When she was 13 she heard the voices of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret telling her to fight for France, which she did, driving the English from Orleans in 1429. She's clad in shining armor. She's looking toward the heavens, no doubt for guidance. Her sword is in her hand. The troops she led into battle are, presumably, behind her. The statue, by Paul Dubois (1829-1905), is a replica of the one he erected in front of Rheims Cathedral in 1896. It was given to the women of the United States in 1922 by the women of France. After 1429 Joan's luck went bad. Captured by the Burgundians, she was tried in a French ecclesiastical court and convicted of heresy. In 1431, they burned her at the stake. She was 19.
-- Paul Richard
Paul Dubois's bronze Joan of Arc wields her sword in Meridian Hill Park, northeast of the intersection of 16th Street and Florida Avenue NW.