Please Join Me on Veterans Day
Senator Vincent Hughes,
Mayor Michael Nutter,
& The Committee to Restore & Relocate the All Wars Memorial
invite you to the
20th Anniversary Salute
All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors
November 11, 2014 • 11 a.m.
All Wars Memorial
Logan Square • 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Keynote Speaker & Navy Veteran Dr. William "Bill" Cosby
RSVP by Thursday, November 6, 2014 to Omar Sabir 215-879-7777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Monument
In 1994, The All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, which once stood in Fairmount Park for more than 60 years
was restored and relocated to, what in 1934, was its originally intended location in Logan Square on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Honorable Samuel Beecher Hart, a Pennsylvania legislator and captain of the Gray invincible, the last “colored” unit in the
Pennsylvania Militia, proposed a memorial to the state’s African American military men who had served the United States in
wartime. In 1927 funds were appropriated to construct “a lasting record of their unselfish devotion to duty.” After considerable
dispute about placing the sculpture on the parkway, officials agreed on a site in West Fairmount Park.
Atop of the All Wars Memorial, sculptor J. Otto Schweizer placed a “torch of life,” surrounded by four American eagles.
Below, as the central figure at the door of the memorial, stands the allegorical figure of Justice, holding symbols of honor
and reward. To the left and right are groups of African American soldiers and sailors, both officers and the principles for
which Americans wars have been fought.
In 1994, an extraordinary and overdue event occurred. Sixty years after its installation in a remote area of Fairmount
Park, the city relocated the All Wars Memorial to a much more visible site on the Parkway, as originally proposed.
A day of festivities was organized thanks to an enthusiastic civic group, the Committee to Restore and Relocate the All
Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).
Offices of State
Senator Vincent Hughes