Demopolis in Marengo County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Marengo County Confederate Monument
1861 CSA 1865
Erected 1910 by the Marengo Rifles Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy.
Topics and series. This monument and memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the United Daughters of the Confederacy series list.
Location. 32° 31.105′ N, 87° 50.328′ W. Marker is in Demopolis, Alabama, in Marengo County. Memorial is at the intersection of North Main Avenue and West Capitol Street, in the median on North Main Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 North Main Avenue, Demopolis AL 36732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Demopolis Opera House / Lillian Hellman And (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trinity Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away); Alabama Cattlemen’s Association (about 500 feet away); Temple B’Nai Jeshurun (about 700 feet away); Bluff Hall (about 800 feet away); First Presbyterian ChurchThe Demopolis Theater District (approx. 0.2 miles away); White Bluff (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Demopolis.
More about this monument. The monument was damaged by an on-duty police car on July 16, 2016, at 3:30 a.m, which knocked the Confederate soldier to the ground. Broken in many pieces, the statue was removed immediately to storage. All that was, and is left, is the granite base with the "Our Confederate Dead" inscription.
The City Council voted, in 2017, to replace the statue with an obelisk that honors the dead of all wars (leaving the existing granite base and inscription). Before that could happen, the State of Alabama passed a bill forbidding the altering of any public monument older than 39 years. The city received approval from the State AG not to have to replace the broken soldier since the damage occurred prior to the new law.
Regarding Marengo County Confederate Monument. Before being destroyed the monument was a full-length figure of a Confederate soldier standing on a tall pedestal. Figure is bearded; head is turned to proper left. He stands with weight on proper right leg, proper left leg is bent at the knee, proper left foot extends slightly off the base. Figure grasps barrel of rifle which stands vertically on the ground in front of proper right foot. Figure wears military uniform, bedroll on proper left shoulder, and a hat. Base is flanked by two cannons. Relief of a crossed rifle, sword, and flag on front of base. Source: Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 17, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.