Clarke County World War I Memorial - Grove Hill, Alabama
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 31° 42.617 W 087° 46.617
16R E 426382 N 3508585
Quick Description: Replica of the original World War I Memorial which is located in front of the Clarke County Courthouse, this memorial is on the grounds of the Clarke County Historical Museum in Grove Hill.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 10/28/2009 7:46:19 PM
Waymark Code: WM7HTN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
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Long Description:

Text of plaque describing memorial:

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 releic of a segregation era and a reminder that all citizens are equal now.

A new tablet was erected in Nov. 2002 and lists all the deceased servicemen on one side.  The anmes were updated to include those not on the original stone.

 Text of stone:

Honor Roll
Colored Soldier
World War
1914  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 Portis

Honor Roll
White Soldiers
World War
1914  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 G. Overstreet
Brazil Smith
Henry Skinner
Hance F. Stokes
Earl D Rayborn
Bryant C. Rudder, M.D.
Alberta M. Jowers, Nurse

Date the Monument or Memorial was built or dedicated: 01/01/1924

Private or Public Monument?: Government

Name of the Private Organization or Government Entity that built this Monument: Clarke County

Geographic Region where the Monument is located: North America

Physical Address of Monument:
116 W. Cobb Street
Grove Hill, Alabama

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