Nancy, the Elephant-Moultrie, Georgia

A life-sized baby elephant named Nancy sits atop the grave of William Duggan (1899-1950) in the cemetery of Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church in Moultrie, Georgia. While Primitive Baptists are known for unadorned churches and cemeteries, this is one of a handful of cemeteries in Georgia where there is a one-of-a-kind sculpture honoring someone.

Duggan grew up working around circuses. He had a special love for elephants. He fulfilled a lifelong dream of owning a circus, but he passed away before being able to travel with it. His son had this life-sized monument made of Nancy, the elephant.

I found two references to a Nancy, the elephant, in the newspapers. One was in a Florida parade and another that lived in a Chicago zoo. My assumption is that the one in Florida is this Nancy based on date and location. I am sharing the one from Chicago, too.

Orlando Evening Star, November 25, 1952
Chicago Sunday Tribune article about Chicago’s “zoologic park at Brookfield“ features Nancy, the elephant. (July 1, 1934)

Leave a Reply