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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. I doubt they are the same elephant because of the dates and location.

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