Harris County World War I Memorial (TX)

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Information

Title

Harris County World War I Memorial (TX)

Date

dedicated April 21, 1920; relocated 1939

Description

Houston's primary World War I memorial, which is dedicated to the 200 war dead of Harris County, was originally known as the Cenotaph to the Unknown Soldier. It was sponsored by the Houston War Mothers and unveiled on April 21, 1920. First erected at the old City Hall located at Market Square, it was moved in 1939 to Sam Houston Park when the new City Hall was built at McKinney St. and Bagby St.

The ten-foot-tall memorial features four tapered levels of stacked, rough-cut pink granite blocks in the shape of a small tower. The large top block holds a bronze honor roll plaque that features, at top, an eagle with outstretched wings. The plaque lists 200 names in alphabetical order in four columns. An urn sits atop one of the lower granite blocks.

Inscription at top of plaque:
1914 1918
Erected in memory of the Harris County men who died in the World War for Liberty.

[200 names]

Inscription on bottom:
Let this war end wars. Liberty is not enough. Then These boys will not have died in vain.
War Mothers

Inscription on urn:
Honor the mothers who bore these undying sons of liberty.
John McKnitt, Alexander Chapter

Location

Sam Houston Park, Bagby St. and Lamar St. (in the courtyard in front of the Harris County Heritage Society Museum)
Houston, Harris, Texas

Contributing Institution

David Southard