Andersonville in Macon County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
National Prisoner of War Museum
This building is a memorial to all Americans held as prisoners of war. Through exhibits and video presentations the museum is a reminder that American's freedoms can come at great cost.
The museum's architecture is not based on a specific place but is meant to evoke prison guard towers and stockades in general. Development of this landmark resulted from a partnership of many different individuals and groups, including the American Ex-Prisoner of War and the Friends of Andersonville.
The People of Georgia, through the Department of Transportation and the General Assembly, supported this Memorial by building the entrance road and parking lot.
The American Ex-Prisoners of War, originally founded in 1942, have adopted this museum as a repository of historic objects connected with their story.
In 1904 the United States Mint produced a commemorative coin that funded a substantial portion of the Museum's costs. The eagle in flight with a broken shackle and chain is a universal POW symbol.
Union prisoners at Camp Fort in Tyler, Texas.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: Military
Location. 32° 11.868′ N, 84° 7.607′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Macon County. Memorial is on POW Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American Ex-Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Battling Bastards of Bataan (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Vermonters who Perished at Andersonville (within shouting distance of this marker); 27th Bombardment Group (within shouting distance of this marker); Oflag 64 Prisoners of War (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial to POWs at Hiroshima, Japan (within shouting distance of this marker); This Was Andersonville (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Earthwork Defenses (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Andersonville.
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