Shevchenko Park (Парк Шевченко)
was unveiled in 1966 at the entrance of Shevchenko
Park. The statue stands on a granite pedestal.
is from Shevchenko's poem "The Testament".
The beginning of the poem reads:
I shall die, pray let my bones
High on a mound remain
Amid the steppeland's vast expanse
In my belov'd Ukraine;
That I may gaze on mighty fields,
On Dnieper and his shore,
And echoed by his craggy banks
May hear the great One roar!
In 1846 Shevchenko moved to Kiev and became a member
of the Brotherhood of St. Cyril and St Mephodins,
founded in 1845. Its aims were to achieve a free Ukraine;
to have the autocracy overthrown and serfdom abolished.
It only had 12 members and in 1847 was closed by the
authorities. Shevchenko was exiled as a result of
being a member of this group. In 1861 he was buried
in Kiev, as he had wished.