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Jackson in Madison County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

World War I Memorial Fountain

 
 
World War I Memorial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 13, 2021
1. World War I Memorial Fountain Marker
Inscription.  Originally located on the sidewalk near the northeast corner of Courthouse Square, this drinking fountain was made by the J. L. Mott Iron Factory of New York. It was given in 1922 to the citizens of Madison County by the Surgical Dressings Workers of the Jackson McClaran Chapter of the American Red Cross in honor of the local women who organized medical work at home and in memory of the men who died during World War I.

The fountain was eventually relocated on its present site above an existing artesian well. Jackson residents remember it as a segregated drinking fountain. In the mid-sixties, the “Colored” and “White” signs were removed. Over time, the fountain lost its top ornament and the water was disconnected.

The restoration of this fountain memorializes the service and sacrifice of citizens of Madison County during World War I (1914-1918) regardless of gender, race, or religion. This project aims particularly to recognize African-American Surgical Dressings Workers and War Dead who were not mentioned on the original fountain plaques.

The fountain was restored by Mark R. Smith, owner of
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the Heritage Forge & Wrought Iron of Jackson, thanks to generous contributions from the community at large. It was rededicated on November 17, 2018.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansScience & MedicineWar, World IWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
 
Location. 35° 36.849′ N, 88° 49.108′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Tennessee, in Madison County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Liberty Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E Main St, Jackson TN 38301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lynching in America / Lynching in Madison County (a few steps from this marker); Madison County World War I Memorial Fountain (a few steps from this marker); David Crockett (within shouting distance of this marker); Elite Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison County Memorial Flame (within shouting distance of this marker); Madison County Confederate Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); 110 N. Liberty (within shouting distance of this marker); 212 E. Main (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
World War I Memorial Fountain Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 13, 2021
2. World War I Memorial Fountain Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 119 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 16, 2021, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

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