Image of the RI Red Memorial located in Little Compton, R.I.
The RI Red Memorial is a bronze relief, depicting a life-size rooster, accompanied by text, and surrounded by a simple molding worked in the bronze. The relief is set into the rough but flattened face of a natural granite boulder and is built into a stone wall in the village of Adamsville. The rooster is seen in profile and faces right. The beak and comb and the tail and throat feathers are shown in fine detail; the back and breast feathers and the legs are depicted more softly. The sculpture is 53’’ high, 31’’ wide, and about 2’’ deep. The rooster is titled under the breast: "THE RHODE ISLAND RED." The lower third of the sculpture’s face contains this text; ‘‘To commemorate the birthplace of the Rhode Island Red breed of fowl which/originated near this location--red fowls bred extensively by/the farmers of this district and later/named "Rhode Island Reds" and brought into national prominence by the poultry fanciers--this tablet placed by the Rhode Island Red Club of America with contributions of Rhode Island Red breeders throughout the world on land donated by Deborah Manchester, 1925" The sculpture is signed at the lower left edge ‘‘Henry L. Norton, Northrop, Mass’’
-Excerpt from the "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: The Rhode Island Red".
A History of the Rhode Island Red, 1854-1954, Published 1954