This monument marks the plot of Dr. James A. Gaskins, his two wives and family at the historic Willacoochee City Cemetery.
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Alamo has a nice memorial to its fallen heroes, located in a small park beside the police station on U. S. Highway 280. It features a bronze eagle atop a tapered obelisk surrounded by a granite wall listing the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It was dedicated on 27 May 1996 by the Jenkins-Patterson Post 193 American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary.
World War I Casualties: Alexander Blackshear; Joseph Judson Bracewell; Joe Burns; Albert B. Carter; James Albert Clements; Henry H. Fields; Orlando Lee; Jessie A. Mercer; Thomas L. Purvis; George C. Windham
World War II Casualties: Gurney W. Alston; James D. Bracewell, Jr.; Eldridge D. Branch; Arlin W. Bridges, Sr.; S. I. Bullard; Neal Harlow Clark; Comer L. Jenkins; Herman A. McRae; Thomas L. Miller; Paul Nelms; Plumer M. Nelson; William D. Nobles; Hiram S. Patterson; Harlem D. Pope; Percy E. Pope; Vernice Ricks; Willie B. Roberts; Johnnie F. Rowland; B. Raymond Swain; Jack Twilley; John D. White
Korean War Casualties: Grady L. McCoy; James McDaniel; Julian D. Peebles, Jr.; James C. Rix
Vietnam Casualties: Russell B. Adams; Roger L. Bonner; Dawson Clements; Vertis Mackey; Melvin Poole; James R. Thomas
Thanks to Burney Marsh for the identification.
Just across East Main Street, in Triangle Park, is one of several unique sculptures located around Statesboro honoring Georgia Southern’s Eagles football team. This one, designed by Colleen Breyer and Wesley Stewart is entitled Farmer’s Market. This neighborhood has undergone a bit of a renaissance recently and is now home to Eagle Creek Brewery, a popular brewpub and a first for Statesboro.
Ask anyone in Moultrie about the “elephant” and they’ll gladly direct you to the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church , where you’ll find the final resting place of William F. Duggan, Sr. (18 January 1899-22 December 1950). Locals contend that this is the most famous landmark in Colquitt County and since it’s thought to be the only life-sized elephant tombstone in the world, the distinction seems appropriate. The life-size sculpture depicts Nancy, a baby elephant owned by Duggan, who had just bought a circus at the time of his death. As a boy, Duggan worked with elephants in various circuses and always favored them. His son had this sculpture commissioned after his death. Athens-based photographer Dagmar Nelson shares a bit more of the history here.
One of the later New Deal post offices built in Georgia, this is also one of the nicest, in my opinion. I’m astonished that this property isn’t listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The eagle sculpture above the entrance is by Sardinian sculptor Albino Manca.
This is part of the terra cotta relief sculpture Wild Duck and Deer, also the work of Manca.
Even the original Civil Service Bulletin Board is in excellent condition.
Souther Field, now known as Jimmy Carter Regional Airport, is one of the oldest airports in the United States, and was instrumental as a flight training school in both world wars. In 1917, Sumter County purchased what was dubbed the world’s largest peach orchard and deeded it to the United States government. The site was named Souther Field, for army aviation pioneer Major Henry Souther. A surplus sale brought a young and unknown Charles Lindbergh to Americus, where he bought his first plane, a Curtis JN4 “Jenny” for $500. Not yet a pilot when he came to Americus in May 1923, Lindbergh had performed wing-walking stunts and parachuting in an aerial circus. In the three weeks he spent here, he learned to fly and made his first solo flight; a lone African-American man was the only witness. Former U. S. Attorney General Griffin B. Bell led the effort to erect this monument to Georgia’s most important moment in aviation history. Nationally respected sculptor and UGA professor William J. Thompson was commissioned to create the monument.
This monument pays tribute to Philip Edward Boyd (1839-1906). It notes that he spent thirty-three years (1873-1906) devoted to Leary. Boyd was a Confederate veteran. Carole Mallett Lechner notes that it was originally located in the middle of Main Street, at Hotel Street, but was moved because it kept being struck by cars.
The inscription reads: William Jackson Royal “Uncle Billy” Apr. 16, 1850 – May 24, 1931 – Founder and First President of the Royal Singing Convention – Stalwart in heart, mind and body, gentle, kind, and considerate: his lilting gospel songs thrilled and admonished, lifted and inspired. He loved as he was beloved by the thousands who joined with him here and throughout his native section to sing joyously hymns of praise and petition. Leader, gentleman, and nobleman of God, his spirit and influence will live throughout the ages.