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Hero's Memorial

 
 
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By Robert Cole, June 11, 2013
1. Hero's Memorial Marker
Inscription. North of this marker in the Porterdale Cemetery is the grave of Bragg Smith over which the City of Columbus erected a marble memorial to commemorate an outstanding deed of heroism. The text reads:

“Erected by the City of Columbus to mark the resting place of Bragg Smith, who died on September 30, 1903, at the age of 32, in the heroic but fruitless effort to rescue the city engineer from a caving excavation on Eleventh Street.

‘Honor and fame from no condition rise. Act well your part, there all the honor lies.’”
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 106-6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 32° 27.111′ N, 84° 58.797′ W. Marker was in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Marker was at the intersection of 10th Avenue and 4th Street, on the left when traveling north on 10th Avenue. Click for map. The marker stood at the edge of Porterdale Cemetery. Marker was in this post office area: Columbus GA 31901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Circus Train Wreck Memorial (about
Hero's Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, June 11, 2013
2. Hero's Memorial Marker
600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jewish Section of Riverdale Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic Riverdale Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moses Dallas: Confederate Naval Pilot/American Slave (approx. 0.3 miles away); Confederate Siege Gun (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fourth Street Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oglethorpe Meets the Indians at Coweta (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mildred L. Terry Branch Library (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
More about this marker. The text for the missing marker was taken from “Georgia Historical Markers” (Bay Tree Grove, Second Edition 1978) compiled by Carroll P. Scruggs from the records of the Georgia Historical Commission.
 
Also see . . .
1. Find a Grave: Bragg Smith. (Submitted on November 4, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.)
2. Where All Honor Lies: A day in the life of Bragg Smith. Columbus and the Valley Magazine article by Josh Becker (Submitted on November 4, 2013, by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesHeroes
 
Hero's Memorial Marker Post image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2012
3. Hero's Memorial Marker Post
Hero's Memorial Marker Post image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 19, 2012
4. Hero's Memorial Marker Post
Looking south on 10th Avenue toward Victory Drive
Hero's Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Robert Cole, June 11, 2013
5. Hero's Memorial Marker
View along busy 4th Street facing 6th Avenue straight ahead and Porterdale Cemetery to the right.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 393 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.   5. submitted on , by Cleo Robertson of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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