Category Archives: Save Outdoor Sculpture

Falkner Monument, Oxford Memorial Cemetery, Lafayette County

Sallie Falkner, William Faulkner’s grandmother, is memorialized in relief in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Based on photos, the sculptor did a great job capturing her. Apparently, his grandfather is on the other side, but I did not catch that when I was taking this photograph. You can imagine me uttering, “Ugh” since I missed it.

This memorial is listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Our Outdoor Sculpture database.

John Strauther Monument in Live Oaks Cemetery

John Strauther was the first Black mortician in Greenville, Mississippi. His monument is the only one in Live Oaks Cemetery. His wife had this made after he passed.

It is listed as part of the Smithsonian’s Save Outdoor Sculpture program.

The Caldwell Sisters in Cave Hill Cemetery, Kentucky

Louisville, Jefferson County

Entombed below this monument are Mary Elizabeth and Mary Gwendolyn Caldwell. Born into wealth (the Caldwell family was one of Kentucky’s first multi-millionaire families), both were orphaned quite young when their parents passed away. Educated in Europe, both sisters married into European aristocracy when cash-poor European families were seeking wealthy Americans to marry.

This sculpture can be found in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky. It was sculpted by Gibert Bayes. It’s listed as part of the Smithsonian’s Save Our Sculpture database.

John J. Kelly Monument, Georgia

Savannah, Chatham County

Sculpted by J. J. Horgan, the John J. Kelly monument pays tribute to John J. Kelly (1818-1872), a businessman and a leader among the Irish community in Savannah. The markers was erected by the Hibernian Society, a fraternal society offering aid and support to Irish citizens.

This monument is listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Outdoor Sculpture database and can be found in Laurel Grove North Cemetery in Savannah.

Farrar Monument, Georgia

Located in the West Hill Cemetery, the Farrar monument memorializes William Farrar, founder of Farrar Lumber Company, Mary Agnes, Floyd, and Mary. The Farrar family relocated to Dalton after the Civil War where the family built the prosperous lumber company. The monument is listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Our Outdoor Sculpture list.

Louisa Porter monument, Georgia

Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia

Louisa Alexander Porter (1807-1888) was from a prominent family in Georgia. A generous philanthropist, she helped fund the beginning of the “Refuge for the Homeless” which provided housing for homeless women and children. The Louisa Porter Foundation honors her legacy.

Her monument, designed by Antonio Caniparoli, is made of Carrara marble and is listed on the Smithsonian Saving Outdoor Sculpture database. It is in Laurel Grove North Cemetery.

Out in the Rain Fountain, Georgia

Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia

The Out in the Rain Fountain sits not too far from the Oakland Cemetery Visitor’s Center. It was founded by J. L. Mott Iron Works in 1913 and copied from a Galloway & Graff sculpture originally made in 1876.

It’s listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Outdoor Sculpture database.

The Morales-Arlington Tomb at Metairie Cemetery, Louisiana

Josie Arlington was a well-known madam in New Orleans. Before her death, she purchased this plot in Metairie Cemetery and commissioned to have this tomb built. Upon her death, she was briefly interred and then removed to an unknown burial plot when her family fought over her estate.

Jose Morales, a local lawyer, bought the tomb for his wife and children. This stirred controversy among community members, and her tomb attracted attention. At one point, a red light was installed close to her tomb and it looked like the tomb was on fire. The light was later removed.

To date, the Metairie staff have not revealed where Josie is buried.

This tomb and sculpture are listed as part of the Smithsonian’s Save our Sculpture! project and is listed on the Inventory of American Sculpture.

New York Monument, Georgia

Andersonville, Sumter County

Andersonville National Cemetery is the only park in the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Andersonville was the location of a Confederate Prisoner of
War Campsite. Over 45,000 Union soldiers were held captive here.

After the Civil War, Union states wanted to honor these POWs at Andersonville, so they commissioned monuments to be made.

The New York Monument was sculpted by Roland Perry and Louis Gudebrod. It was installed in 1911 and dedicated in 1914.

The front reads,

New York. This monument erected by the patriotism, sacrifices, and fortitude of about nine thousand New York soldier of the Union armies in the War of the Rebellion who were confined in the Confederate States Military Prison at Andersonville, Georgia, of whom twenty-two and sixty-one are known to have died in the prison and were buried in this cemetary [sic].

This monument is listed on the Smithsonian Save Outdoor Sculpture database.

Pennsylvania Monument, Georgia

Andersonville, Sumter County, Georgia

Sculpted by Sigvald Asbjornsen and painted by James E. Taylor, the Pennsylvania monument in Andersonville National Cemetery was installed and dedicated in 1905.

Inside the arch, there are three plaques. Two serve as dedication plaques. The other depicts the Providence Spring, which was the only water supply that prisoners had access to in the overcrowded camp.

The Hiker of ’98 Monument, Georgia

Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia

Inspired by The Hiker sculpted by Allen George Newman which honors the American soldiers who took “long hikes in steaming jungles” during the Boxer Rebellion, the Spanish-American War, and the Philippine-American War.

There are over 40 sculptures and reliefs commemorating these soldiers. Georgia is home to eight of them. This one can be found in Riverside Cemetery in Albany, Georgia.

Created by the Lamb Seal and Stencil Company, this monument is listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Outdoor Sculpture database. The plaque reads, “You triumphed over obstacles which would have overcome men less brave and determined.”

Captain John Triplett monument, Georgia

Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia

Titled Judgment, this marker sits in the area called Soldier’s Circle in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Thomasville, Georgia. At the base rests a slab marker for Captain John Triplett (1936-1914), who was a long time editor of the Times-Enterprise in Thomasville.

Designed and sculpted by Robert Reid, this marker is listed on the Smithsonian’s Save Our Sculpture database.

Williamson Mausoleum, Georgia

Eastman, Dodge County, Georgia

Orphans Cemetery is located near Eastman in Dodge County, Georgia. It is a small, well-maintained cemetery that features the beautiful Williamson Mausoleum.

Albert Genavie Williamson and his five younger, orphaned brothers moved to Eastman around 1873. Williamson was an entrepreneur who donated the land for the Orphans Christian Church and cemetery.

According to the National Register of Historic Places nomination, A. G. Williamson had this monument built out by the Cordele Consolidated Marble Company after meeting a monument salesman. Made out of of Carrara marble, it was sculpted from a family photograph. It features Mr. Williamson, his wife Martha, and his nephew, Jay Gould Williamson. Interestingly, Jay is buried on St. Simon’s in the Christ Church graveyard.

Outside of the artistic merit of the monument, it’s apparently unusual to find a funerary monument of three people together like this one.

It was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.