Friday, August 19, 2011

Do You Recognize This Card?

Postmarked ? August 1950
Toledo, Ohio

FRONT: Solders' and Sailors' Monument, Public Square. Cleveland, Ohio 
BACK: The Public Square is located in the center of the business district. It contains the Soldiers and Sailors' Monument. It is the starting point of all transportation for Northern Ohio. / A splendid fountain, surrounded by walks and beautiful flower beds, occupies the center of each section.
Toldeo; O. [or 9?] Aug 19-50 / Dear, Phyllis and Anna. Why don't I hear from you any more. I have been in Columbus O. visiting for two weeks. Wish I would here from you. Do you recognize this card. "Grace."
The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument is a Civil War Memorial dedicated on July 4, 1894. According to the Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, architect Levi Scofield donated his services in designing the 125 foot structure. Sadly, earlier this year, researchers discovered that the names of 140 Black soldiers from the local area who fought for the Union were omitted from the memorial. While the names of those veterans have not yet been added, an event to honor members of the U.S. 5th Colored Troop was held this spring. County commissioners responsible for the memorial have pledged to rectify the omissions. (Article)

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