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John Alexander Logan Monument (Near South Side, Illinois)


Placed atop a grassy mound in Chicago's Grant Park, the John A. Logan Monument honors the life and service of Civil War Union general and Illinois politician John Alexander Logan. In his lifetime, John A. Logan served as a commander and general in the Union Army, headed the veteran organization the Grand Army of the Republic. He also led the movement for establishing a national Memorial Day. Prompted by Logan's death in 1886, this bronze equestrian statue was conceptualized by Chicago's South Park Commissioners, funded by the Illinois legislature, and created by famed sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Alexander Phimister Proctor. While he is honoured in this monument for his respected political and Civil War Union service, Logan was openly racist and advocated for legislation directed towards halting black migration and settlement in Illinois.

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