Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
James Edward Oglethorpe
The 9 foot bronze statue of Oglethorpe is the work of one of America's foremost sculptors, the celebrated Daniel Chester French. He has depicted the Founder of Georgia in the full dress of a British general of the period. Oglethorpe is portrayed with sword in hand: alert and ready for council or action. At his feet is a palmetto frond. The statue faces southward symbolizing the threat of Spain's imperial ambitions to the young colony.
The pedestal and base of the monument were designed by Henry Bacon, the eminent New York architect whose collaborations with Daniel Chester French include the Lincoln Memorial. The four lions at the corners of the lower base hold shields on which appear, respectively, the coat of arms of Oglethorpe and the great seals of the Colony of Georgia, the State, and the City of Savannah. On the pedestal of the monument is carved a portion of the text of the charter which was granted by Parliament in 1732 to "the Trustees for establishing the colony of Georgia in America."
Erected 1957 by
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 32° 4.547′ N, 81° 5.58′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is at the intersection of Bull Street and East Hull Street, on the left when traveling north on Bull Street. Touch for map. Located in Chippewa Square. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Wm. A. Caruthers (1802-46) (within shouting distance of this marker); Savannah Theatre (within shouting distance of this marker); Original Presbyterian Meeting House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named First Baptist Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Independent Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away); Lowell Mason 1792- 1872 (about 300 feet away); Birthplace of Juliette Low (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, see Landing Marker.
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1. General Oglethorpe. (New Georgia Encyclopedia) Georgians still remember James Edward Oglethorpe in many ways. His name adorns Oglethorpe County, two towns (including Oglethorpe), Oglethorpe University, and numerous schools, streets, parks, and businesses. (And a mall on the south side of Savannah.) (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. James Oglethorpe , Wikipedia entry. Oglethorpe established the first Masonic Lodge within the British Colony of Georgia. Now known as Solomon's Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. it is the "Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere." (Submitted on February 11, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
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