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Near Brooklyn in Lenawee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

An Gorta Mor

1845 - 1850

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By TeamOHE, December 8, 2019
1. An Gorta Mor Marker
The Great Hunger Memorial
Kenneth M. Thompson, Sculptor
Dedicated September 19, 2004

An Gorta Mor, or the Great Hunger Memorial was constructed in honor of those lives lost to the Irish Potato Famine, a devastating catastrophe that struck Ireland from 1845 to 1850. With the loss of its potato crop for five successive years, Ireland's rural population was driven to near extinction. One million died, while two million emigrated to save themselves from a similar fate, most of those emigrants came to America.

When the Irish arrived in Michigan, what they saw was the answer to their prayers rich with lakes and streams, surrounded by fertile fields perfect for farming and abounding with wildlife. Many came to this area known as the Irish Hills, reminiscent of the Ireland they left behind.

The main focus of the Great Hunger Memorial is the post-Lintel structure constructed from two limestone columns that support a lintel. The lintel, actually one of several steps that formed Penrose Quay In Cork Harbor (Ireland), is suspended over a large empty bronze bowl that symbolizes the great. hunger.' The sculpture is

An Gorta Mor Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, December 8, 2019
2. An Gorta Mor Marker
immediately surrounded by cobbles from Donegal (Ireland) and encompassing the cobbles is a circle or path' of slate that Represent the journey made from Ireland to America. The hardscape turns from a circle to a square that is bordered by pavers that bear the names of the thirty-two counties of Ireland in English and Gaelic. Beneath each paver is reliquary containing a stone from that county. The four corners bear the names of the four provinces.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Disasters.
Location. 42° 3.419′ N, 84° 10.025′ W. Marker is near Brooklyn, Michigan, in Lenawee County. Marker is on U.S. 12, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn MI 49230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named An Gorta Mor (a few steps from this marker); St. Joseph's Church / St. Joseph's Shrine (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Joseph Shrine (about 600 feet away); Irish Pioneers & Father Gabriel Richards (about 700 feet away); Davenport House (approx. 2.6 miles away); St. Michael and All Angels Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Wooden Stone School (approx. 4.2 miles away); Brooklyn's Founder (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
An Gorta Mor Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, December 8, 2019
3. An Gorta Mor Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 26, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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