Grove Hill in Clarke County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Colored and White Soldiers of World War I
This is a replica of the original tablet from the 1924 World War I monument located in front of the Clarke County Courthouse. The monument was the first memorial ever erected to honor county war dead. It cost $1,650 and was paid for with donations.
This tablet has historical significance. It is unique in that it shows racial tolerance for the time by honoring Blacks and Whites on the same stone. Tolerant though it may have been, it is a relic of a segregation era and a reminder that all citizens are equal now.
A new tablet was erected in Nov. 2002 and lists all of the deceased servicemen on one side, the names were updated to include those not on the original stone.
1914 World War 1918
Lonnie Bettis, Claude Chapman, Gus Coats, Robert Coates, James Gibby, Leonard Gilyard, Elmer Kidd, John Moss, Henry Reed, George Reed, Harrison Welch, Henry May, Timothy Portus.
1914 World War 1918
John E. Autry, William F. Atchison, Frank B. Brewer, Thomas G. Beck, John Chapman, Joseph W. Coleman, James W. Deas, Alver Friddle, Caley S. Harrell, Thomas G. Hart, John R. Lavender, Walter Luker, Willie J. May, Milton McLeod, Tom Bettis McNider, John W. Oliver, James S. Overstreet, Willis C. Overstreet,
Location. 31° 42.618′ N, 87° 46.618′ W. Marker is in Grove Hill, Alabama, in Clarke County. Marker can be reached from West Cobb Street. Touch for map. This marker is lcoated on the grounds of the Clarke County Historical Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 116 West Cobb Street, Grove Hill AL 36451, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clarke County Soldiers Of The American Revolution (here, next to this marker); Creagh Law Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Grove Hill, Alabama (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clarke County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Elijah & Issac Pugh (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Sinquefield (approx. 4.7 miles away); Kimbell - James Massacre (approx. 5.1 miles away); Reverend Timothy Horton Ball, A. M. (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grove Hill.
Also see . . . Clarke County Historical Museum Website. (Submitted on September 30, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,205 times since then and 83 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 30, 2011, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.