August 13, 2017 Atlanta: Protesters marching from Woodruff Park to Piedmont Park during a anti white nationalism memorial and march in response to violence in Virginia, spray painted and tried to topple a Confederate monument with a chain on Sunday, August 13, 2017, in Atlanta. The peace monument at the 14th Street entrance depicts a angel of peace stilling the hand of a Confederate soldier about to fire his rifle. Curtis Compton/
Photo: Compton
Photo: Compton

Atlanta Peace Statue defaced by Atlanta protesters 

The Piedmont Park statue spray-painted by protesters Sunday was dedicated in 1911 as a statue to promote peace between north and south after the Civil War.

The Peace Monument was erected by  the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard in 1911, according to research by the AJC for an article about the history of the park.

The Peace Monument welcomes visitors to Piedmont Park near 14th Street. The Allen G. Newman's (sculptor) Peace Monument was erected by the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard in 1911. (David Tulis, AJC file photo via AJC Archive at GSU Library AJCP282-038f)

The sculpture by Allen G. Newman, who was born in New York, depicts an angel staying the hand of  a Confederate soldier as he holds a rifle. In her other hand, the angel holds an olive branch.

Is the sculpture a Confederate monument? In part, yes, according to a description from a web site for the Old Guard of the Gate City Guard

 “Newspaper accounts of the day confirm that the Peace Monument represented different things to different people: Patriotism, reconciliation, the pledge of friendship and good will, and optimism about America’s unfinished history were all sponsors,” the web site said. “There is much historical evidence to suggest that it also represented a tribute to a proud people, who, even though defeated, still remained unconquered.”

With over 180 acres of open space, trails, tennis courts and playgrounds, Atlanta’s favorite park is a lot to take in Here are the best things to do at Piedmont Park With nearly 3 acres of space, let your dog run free in an off-leash area of Piedmont Dog Park Visit the Green Market for fresh local food, handmade goodies, chef demonstrations, live music and more Piedmont Park hosts many Atlanta festivals such as the Atlanta Ice Cream Festival, Music Midtown, and much more The park also has plenty of plac

John Green, a member of the Old Guard, told the AJC’s Gracie Bonds Staples the statue was part of a broader campaign by Atlanta to promote national unity decades after the war ended. 

Members of the group traveled to several northern cities on a peace mission.

“They were received very graciously by the Northern people,” Green said.

Atlanta Peace Monument (1991 file photo by Louie Favorite / File photo via AJC Archive at GSU Library AJCP282-038e)

To commemorate their reconciliation efforts, Staples reported, the Old Guard decided to erect a peace monument in Piedmont Park, and on Oct. 11, 1911, more than 50,000 people, including governors and mayors, from many Northern and Southern States across the country gathered to dedicate the memorial.

The statue is located at the 14th Street entrance to Piedmont Park


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