Union Avenue Road Closure - Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Union Avenue will be closed to all activities (walking, biking, jogging, and vehicle tours) between the Memorial Arch and Pemberton Avenue beginning at 6:30 a.m., and remained closed until hazardous tree removal work in the area is completed.
The Alabama State Memorial is located on the south loop of Confederate Avenue, at milepost 13.6 of the park tour road. At a cost of $150,000, the monument was sculpted in 1951 by Steffen Thomas of Stone Mountain, GA. The bronze work depicts seven heroic men from Alabama being inspired by a woman representing the state itself. The casting rests upon a base of Weiblin grey granite from Elberton City Quarries, Inc., Elberton, GA, and comes from the same quarries used in the construction of the Memorial Arch, located at the entrance of Vicksburg National Military Park, and the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial was dedicated on July 19, 1951.
Did You Know?
The USS Cairo was only in service for 11 months before making history as the first U.S. marine vessel to be sunk by an electronically detonated mine.