Bronze seated statue by Alexander Doyle cast in 1895
The seated figure of Willard by Alexander Doyle recalls her comment that a lady could make a public speech only if she were seated, for then the speech became conversation. The monument was erected at a cost of $8,000 by the Alumni Association of the Emma Willard School..
"In honor of Emma Hart Willard who on this spot established AD 1821 the first permanent seminary in America for the advanced education of women Erected by her pupils and friends. AD 1895 Her most enduring monument the gratitude of educated woman."