The “John Harvard” statue may now get nicknamed “Statue of the FOUR mistakes”. Ironically the statue has three big mistakes as it sits in the hallowed yard of Harvard University, that bastion of intellectual achievement.
Also called sometimes “The statue of the three lies”, the mistakes are:
The statue isn’t really John Harvard. It was commissioned after his death and he had no known portraits so a student sat for the artist.
John Harvard was not the founder of Harvard. It’s named after him, founded by Mass. legislature.
Statue has the wrong date for the founding of Harvard. 1636 is correct, statue shows 1638.