African American Soldiers 1 The pilots Riveters Mule Rearing gas masks doughboys with mules African American Officers pilots in dress uniforms

The Spirit of the American Doughboy

   
The Spirit of the American Doughboyzoom
Rees Park
Americus
GA
USA
31709
Nov. 11, 1921
E. M. Viquesney
COPYRIGHTED/E.M. VIQUESNEY SCULPTOR/AMERICUS, GA. (Brass plaque on front of base:) SUMTER COUNTY/AFFECTIONATELY REMEMBERS/HER SONS WHO DIED, AND THOSE/WHO OFFERED THEMSELVES, AS/WILLING SACRIFICES IN THE/CAUSE OF OUR COUNTRY./1917 WORLD WAR 1918 signed
 
Single figure -- soldier
Copper
Granite
2'
2'
Base: approx. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 ft
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Figure of a World War I soldier advancing through the stumps and barbed wire of No Man's Land. He stands, in a running type stance. His proper right hand raised with grenade in throwing motion. His proper left arm is down at his side and originally held a rifle (now removed). The figure is dressed in uniform. He wears a World War I helmet with chin strap, gas mask pouch on chest, ammo belt around waist, pack with shovel on his back, a jacket which comes to the waist, loose trousers, and leggings around the shins and lower leg, with lace up boots.
he sculpture was originally located at the intersection of Lee Street and Lamar Street. It was moved to present location sometime during World War II, in the 1940s. IAS files contain unmounted photocopied image of sculpture installed at original site. Schneider Marble helped erect the monument and may have fabricated the base. IAS files contain related articles from the Americus Times-Recorder, Nov. 11, 1921, pg. 1-2; April 28, 1921, pg. 1; July 20, 1921; Aug. 26, 1921; Oct. 4, 1921; Jan. 4, 1922; May 2, 1928; and Jan. 12, 1935. The articles discuss design plans and dedication of sculpture; and detail Viquesney's contributions to community. Copies of articles are on file with the Lake Blakshear Regional Library (Americus, GA).
Administered by City of Americus, Public Works Department, P. O. Box M, Americus, Georgia 31709 Located Rees Park, Americus, Georgia 31709

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