Greene County's own Statue of Liberty was born as part of a memorial to the 40 men who died in what was then know, simply as "The World War."
After nearly 73 years and the addition of the names of the dead of four subsequent wars, the Greene County War Memorial grew into a landmark which this week attained a niche in the National Register of Historic Places.
The memorial's bronze statue center piece, a replica of the original in New York Harbor, was sculpted in 1920 by John Paulding of Chicago and dedicated November 11, 1924, Armistice Day, as a crowd of 5,000 looked on...
Local historian Kitty Sloan, who called the statue "very distinctive," gives most of the credit for its attaining national register status to Patrick Zollner. The former Marmaduke resident heads the National Register of Historic Places program for the AHPP, which also conducted a "Save Outdoor Sculpture!" survey a few years ago.
Of the eight World War I memorial sculptures in Arkansas, Greene County's is the only one that doesn't include a "doughboy" soldier, according to the Historic Preservation Society...
The complete article can be found in the July 3, 1997 Paragould Daily Press.
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