Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors
(Back Inscription):To commemorate the heroism and sacrifice of all Colored Soldiers who served in the various wars engaged in by the United States of America, that a lasting record shall be made of their unselfish devotion to duty as an inspiration to future generations, this monument is dedicated May 30, 1934.
William H. Riley Jones, Chairman;
Hon. Samuel B. Hart; Charles Holland;
Hon. Samuel S. Lewis; Samuel R. Morsell;
Major R. R. Wright, Sr.; Gen. Edward Martin;
Hon. Charles A. Waters; Frank E. Baldwin
"Virtue, Liberty, and Independence"
(West Side Inscription): American Revolution, Civil War, Indian Wars.
(East Side Inscription): Spanish-American War, Philippine Insurrection, World War.
Erected 1934 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Location. 39° 57.5′ N, 75° 10.307′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 20th Street, on the right when traveling east on Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Touch for map. It is
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aero Memorial Pillar (within shouting distance of this marker); The City Plan of Philadelphia (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Library (about 400 feet away); Meriwether Lewis (about 400 feet away); General Tadeusz Kosciuszko (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank N. Piasecki (approx. 0.2 miles away); Baldwin Locomotive Works (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civilian Public Service (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
More about this marker. In 1927, the state of Pennsylvania appropriated fifty thousand dollars for the commission of this sculpture to recognize the patriotism of the African-American servicemen from all wars. The memorial, tucked away in a remote Fairmount Park location, was moved to its originally proposed location to Logan Square in 1994. When the bronze and granite statue was unveiled in 1934, the granddaughter of the African-American state legislator responsible for its creation pulled the drape at the dedication ceremony. When the memorial took its rightful place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway 60 years later, the granddaughter was located
On the back of the monument four allegorical female figures, representing the principles for which wars are fought, flank the bronze tablet shown in the first picture above. On the proper left of the tablet stands "War" holding a shield and wearing a helmet. Next to her stands "Liberty" carrying a torch and wearing the headdress of the Statue of Liberty. On the proper right of the tablet stands "Peace" carrying a large palm frond. Next to her stands "Plenty" holding a filled cornucopia. The monument is topped with a bronze Torch of Life surrounded by four eagles.
Also see . . . Race and Remembrance: Philadelphia's All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors . . . Editor's Note: The article at this link is the JSTOR online journal archive, which requires individual purchase of the article or free access through participating libraries and institutions. (Submitted on March 31, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Navy
Categories. • African Americans • Military • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil • War, US Revolutionary • War, World I • Wars, US Indian •
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