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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mobile in Mobile County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Memorial Park

Memorial Park Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 21, 2019
1. Memorial Park Marker Side 1
Inscription.  Side 1 Dedicated on March 21, 1926, near what was then the western city limits of Mobile, the park made possible by the Mothers' Army and Navy League, a volunteer women's group organized in the city during the Great War. Fundraising for Memorial Park began 11 days after war's end. Government Street trolleys used the short streets surrounding the park to circle back towards downtown. The area around Memorial Park was referred to as "the Loop," a moniker which persisted through much of the century even as the city expanded westward.

Designed by local architect George B. Rogers, the park's monument is made of Sylacauga marble and displays the names of 63 soldiers and sailors from the Mobile region who died during the war. The League raised more than $20,000 for the memorial, primarily through subscriptions purchased by the family and friends of the men listed on the bronze plaques. The names of 53 additional wartime casualties, black and white, were not included on the original memorial. An ordinance protecting the site established it as Mobile's exclusive memorial to the Great War.

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The following were the names of soldiers and sailors from the Mobile area who died during the war which were not included in the original memorial:

Banks, Charlie • Branson, Bascomb Newton • Brown, Carter M.
Bush, Sim • Chestang, Lee J. • Childs, William G.
Coleman, Dennis • Coronas, Peter M. • Crawford, Carl B.
Creel, John W. • Dailey, George • Daw, Denley
Dumas, William • Durham, Maxwell L. • Gailyard, Leonard
Gibson, Johny • Gilbreath, Walter P. • Grubb, Everett J.
Hanson, Carl • Henderson, Lewis • Hunter, Charles Leonard
Hunter, Willie • Jackson, Ervin • Jones, Coleman
Jones, Richard • Jones, Thomas • Junius, Gabe
Keenum, Hugh R. • Kirk, Bozzie • Liepf, Robert L.
Lloyd, Joe • McCullum, Leonard, F. • McNair, Cleveland
Matthews, George • Mayson, Robert D.C. • Moore, William C.
Poe, Arthur • Rembert, Armstead • Singleton, Harry
Smith, George • Smith, Wilson • Thomas, George
Thomas, Ike • Turner, Marion • Vamboras, Frank
Westry, Willie • Wilkins, Frank Thomas • Williams, Frank
Williams, George • Williams, James • Williams, Jms.
Williams, Jeremiah M. • Williams, Phillip
Erected 2017 by Alabama Historical Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work

Memorial Park Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 21, 2019
2. Memorial Park Marker Side 2
Parks & Recreational AreasWar, World I. A significant historical date for this entry is March 21, 1926.
Location. 30° 40.67′ N, 88° 4.898′ W. Marker is in Mobile, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is at the intersection of Government Street (U.S. 90) and Old Government Street on Government Street. Triangular Park is located between Old Government and Government Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mobile AL 36606, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Shepard House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Grace Lutheran Church (approx. 0.8 miles away); Magnolia Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Springhill Avenue Temple Congregation (approx. one mile away); The Mitchell Home (approx. one mile away); Crew of CSS H. L. Hunley Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); CSS Alabama Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mobile.
Memorial Park Marker looking south image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, December 21, 2019
3. Memorial Park Marker looking south
Credits. This page was last revised on May 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 3, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 3, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 30, 2023