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Police Officers Monument

 
 
Police Officers Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Police Officers Monument Marker
The 5 ft. 10 in. sculpture is stainless steel over iron. The 4 ft. 10 in. tall base is Elberton blue granite.
Inscription. (Front):
Above and Beyond
"Lest We Forget"

Dedicated to the Memory
of police officers
who gave their lives
in the line of duty

(Reverse):
Above And Beyond
"Lest We Forget"

Savannah Police Officers
Samuel Bryson 1868 Robert E. Read 1868 John Dan Sullivan 1869 Habersham W. Harvey 1881 Patrick McMurray 1888 J.C. Neve 1894 Walter H. Marlow 1921 Phillip E. Steeves 1922 William F. Godges 1924 Albert Lamb 1926 William C. Ellzey 1926 O. Raymond Hughes 1928 Samuel Webb 1929 Herbert V. Fitzgerald 1929 Robert B. Rayper 1932 James E. Roughen 1934 John J. O'Reilly 1939 Earl W. Eubanks 1941 James Walter Todd 1949 H. Dan Rolison 1960 Jimmy Lee Bland 1966 Frank W. Mobley 1968 Robert David Watford 1969 James F. Marchbanks 1976 John Joseph Brown 1981 Mark Allen Macphail 1989 Willie Samuel Smith 1994
 
Erected 1964 by Policeman Officers' Wives Association.
 
Location. 32° 4.555′ N, 81° 5.315′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Oglethorpe Ave and E . Habersham Street, on the
Above and Beyond "Lest We Forget" Marker </b>(Reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Above and Beyond "Lest We Forget" Marker (Reverse)
right when traveling east on Oglethorpe Ave. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Police Station Steps (a few steps from this marker); 1812 Wesley Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathanael Greene, Maj. Gen., Continental Army (within shouting distance of this marker); Barnard House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1820 (about 300 feet away); Conrad Aiken (about 400 feet away); James Habersham (about 400 feet away); Joseph Habersham (1751-1815) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
 
Regarding Police Officers Monument. The monument commemorates the policemen of Savannah, Georgia who have died in the line of duty since 1869. It was commissioned by a monument committee formed by the Policeman Officers' Wives Association.

The idea for the monument originated in 1963 when Association President Nell (Mrs. J. Percy) Fountain promised the wife of slain officer Harry H. Akins to perpetuate the memory of slain policemen. The site for the monument was dedicated June 12, 1964. The base was designed and fabricated by Graham C. Legget, owner of Leggett Marble and Granite Company of Savannah,
North face of Monument "Above and Beyond " image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, March 2008
3. North face of Monument "Above and Beyond "
Above and Beyond
"Lest We Forget"
Other Law Enforcement Officers Harry L. Fender 1901
E.O. Zipperer 1904
Frank V. Hansen 1910
James J. McGinley 1916
William Mitchell 1917
Harry Miller 1920
Frank Godbold 1929
William S. Winn 1934
Perry L. Anderson 1934
William M. Sheppard 1949
Harry Akins 1962
David McCutcheon 1963
George Singleton 1975
Daniel Hodgson 1976
Frank M. Ellerbe 1983
Lee Deloach 1993
and was dedicated without the policeman figure on Sept. 21, 1964.

The figure was modeled in 1964-1965 in white pine by local artist G. W. Woods, using city patrolman R. I. Ketterman as a model. The pine model was burned in an attempt to cast it in bronze. Policemen of the Savannah Police Department later found the charred model and restored it, paying for a new casting at Carolina Casting Corporation. The granite inscriptions on the base contained misspelled names and had to be replaced.

According to a 1993 Save Outdoor Sculpture survey, the sculpture was cleaned and varnished after the iron rusted and bled through to the exterior stainless steel.

Source: Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
 
Also see . . .  City of Savannah. A memorial to local police officers killed in the line of duty was placed in front of city police headquarters in the Oglethorpe Avenue median at Habersham Street. The base was placed in 1964, the statue in 1982. (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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On the South Corner Oglethorpe Avenue at Habersham Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
4. On the South Corner Oglethorpe Avenue at Habersham Street.
Facing the Police Monument
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By Mike Stroud, June 25, 2010
5. Police Officers Monument Marker
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By Mike Stroud, March 2008
6. Police Officers Monument Marker
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By Mike Stroud, 2011
7. Police Officers Monument Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 3,398 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4. submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5. submitted on June 28, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on March 22, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on March 8, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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