The John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard is known as the “statue of three lies”: Harvard contributed to, but did not found, the university; the university was established in 1636, not 1638; and the statue is not an accurate likeness of John Harvard.

The John Harvard statue in Harvard Yard is known as the “statue of three lies”: Harvard contributed to, but did not found, the university; the university was established in 1636, not 1638; and the statue is not an accurate likeness of John Harvard.

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