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Confederate Memorial for Men of Bibb Co.

The Confederate Memorial to Men of Bibb County has been standing watch in downtown Macon since 1879. The unnamed man represents those killed during the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. As many as 45,000 people packed downtown Macon on October 29, 1879, when the statue was first erected close to the Bibb County Courthouse. The Georgia State Fair used the dedication to draw more people to Macon and away from a rival fair in Atlanta. Gov. Alfred H. Colquitt attended the ceremony, which included a 100-gun salute and a fireworks display.

In 1956, the monument was moved from Mulberry Street to Cotton Avenue, where it now gazes north toward its first location. The statue was originally placed to face south. The statue has only been cleaned once. This occurred for the Civil War’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Although years of corrosive rain have not been kind to the Cotton Avenue statue, you can still read the inscription from the Ladies Memorial Association: “With pride in their patriotism. With love for their memory, this silent stone is raised. A perpetual witness of our gratitude.”

Inscribed on the monument are the words "In Honor of the men of Bibb Co". The monument has a confederate soldier on top of the 20ft structure who wears a long jacket and a hat and holds a gun.

Structure was cleaned by sandblasting in 1956 when it was moved from the intersection of Mulberry and 2nd St.

Funded by: Ladies Memorial Association

Funded by: Ladies Memorial Association

Category: Sculpture

Date created: 1879

Dimensions: 20 ft. tall

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