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Atlantic City in Atlantic County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Greek Temple Monument War Memorial
 
Dedicated to Honor the World War I Soldiers Photo, Click for full size
By R. C.
1. Dedicated to Honor the World War I Soldiers
Portion of the dedication can be seen above Lady Liberty in the frieze above the columns. (It is difficult to photograph inscription in one composition)
 
Inscription. This monument was erected in 1922 by the City of Atlantic City in honor of those of her citizens who served in the World War · 1917–1918.
 
Erected 1922.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Markers Attached to Sculpture marker series.
 
Location. 39° 21.078′ N, 74° 27.305′ W. Marker is in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in Atlantic County. Marker is at the intersection of North Albany Ave and Odonnell Parkway on North Albany Ave. Click for map. Monument is in Chelsa Park. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic City NJ 08401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. POW / MIA Monument (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); 87th Infantry Division Monument (about 700 feet away); Casino Control Act (approx. 0.9 miles away); Atlantic City Workers Monument (approx. one mile away); Camp Boardwalk (approx. one mile away); Spanish War Marker (approx. one mile away); Home of the Miss America Pageant (approx. one mile away); How Chicken Bone Beach Got Its Name (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic City.
 
Regarding Greek Temple Monument War Memorial. The “plaque” for this monument is the text describing its dedication on the interior frieze carved into the stone along the circumference of the building. The building is representative of a Greek temple supported by 16 Doric columns.

The statue in the rotunda is entitled Liberty in Distress by Frederick William MacMonnies, and depicts a nude Lady Liberty with a broken sword screaming at the horrors of war. There is a nude male soldier across her leg and other victims and symbols of war at her feet.

There is a 1988 rededication plaque for the monument on one of the arches of the temple. The 1988 plaque refers to the restoration of the “Greek Temple Monument.” Maps of Atlantic City sometimes call it the “Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument.”

At the top of the columns on the outer ring of the temple are the names of World War I battles and medallions of the different military services.
 
Floor of the Greek Temple Photo, Click for full size
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2. Floor of the Greek Temple
 
 
Detail of stone carving inside columns Photo, Click for full size
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3. Detail of stone carving inside columns
 
 
One of several duplicate Marine symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple Photo, Click for full size
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4. One of several duplicate Marine symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple
 
 
One of several Aviation symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple Photo, Click for full size
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5. One of several Aviation symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple
 
 
One of several duplicate Army symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple Photo, Click for full size
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6. One of several duplicate Army symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple
 
 
One of several duplicate Navy symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple Photo, Click for full size
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7. One of several duplicate Navy symbols on the outside of the Greek Temple
 
 
Exterior of Greek Temple Monument Photo, Click for full size
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8. Exterior of Greek Temple Monument
This circular temple approx. 124 feet in diameter has 16 Doric columns. A list of World War I battles has been carved into the outside frieze.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (front view) Photo, Click for full size
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9. Liberty in Distress (front view)
Lady Liberty screaming to the heavens with male soldier across her leg. Click on the image to enlarge to see the detail.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (front left view) Photo, Click for full size
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10. Liberty in Distress (front left view)
Bronze by Frederick William MacMonnies (1863–1937) is approx 9 feet tall on a 5 foot base of Vermont green marble.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (view of male soldier) Photo, Click for full size
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11. Liberty in Distress (view of male soldier)
Detail of male soldier on Lady Liberty's right leg.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (Liberty's right profile) Photo, Click for full size
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12. Liberty in Distress (Liberty's right profile)
View of Lady Liberty's right side with broken sword (not by vandals) and other victims. There is an honorific wreath on every other of the 8 sided base.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (left profile) Photo, Click for full size
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13. Liberty in Distress (left profile)
View of Lady Liberty's left side flags, war dead, and other items of war can be seen in this view.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (detail of right base) Photo, Click for full size
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14. Liberty in Distress (detail of right base)
Detail of items at the feet of Lady Liberty.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (upper front view) Photo, Click for full size
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15. Liberty in Distress (upper front view)
Detail of the Lady Liberty screaming into the heavens.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (upper left profile) Photo, Click for full size
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16. Liberty in Distress (upper left profile)
View of objects carried in Lady Liberty's left arm.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (rear view) Photo, Click for full size
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17. Liberty in Distress (rear view)
Detail of rear or statue includes portion of the French flag that she is draped in.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> Wreath on pedestal beneath Lady Liberty Photo, Click for full size
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18. Liberty in Distress Wreath on pedestal beneath Lady Liberty
There is a wreath on every other stone.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> (rear view) Photo, Click for full size
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19. Liberty in Distress (rear view)
Rear of statue where other victims of war can be seen at her feet.
 
 
<i>Liberty in Distress</i> Photo, Click for full size
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20. Liberty in Distress
Lady Liberty screaming in horror and victory to the heavens.
 
 
Monument dedication text can bee seen over Lady Liberty's head Photo, Click for full size
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21. Monument dedication text can bee seen over Lady Liberty's head
 
 
Alternate view of inside top of Greek Temple Photo, Click for full size
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22. Alternate view of inside top of Greek Temple
 
 
Name of Sculptor Frederick William MacMonnies Photo, Click for full size
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23. Name of Sculptor Frederick William MacMonnies
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 7,943 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. submitted on March 26, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
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