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  • Monument Name

    Holocaust Memorial, Charlotte

  • Type

    Marker

  • Subjects

    World War II

    Tragedy

  • City

    Charlotte

  • County

    Mecklenburg

  • Description

    The Holocaust Memorial is a simple bronze plaque on a lectern top granite block several feet tall. A bible verse from Genesis and the dedication date are incised into the granite block. The monument mentions Holocaust Square where the memorial was first located.

  • Inscription

    Plaque: DURING THE PERIOD 1939 TO 1945 / ELEVEN MILLION HUMAN BEINGS, AMONGST THEM SIX MILLION JEWS, / ONE THIRD OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE, / WERE TRAGICALLY SLAUGHTERED BY / THE NAZIS AND THEIR COLLABORATORS. / WE DEDICATE THIS SQUARE TO THEIR / MEMORY AND TO OUR BELIEF THAT A / REMINDER IS NECESSARY SO HISTORY / DARE NOT REPEAT ITSELF.

    Front Base: HOLOCAUST SQUARE / THE VOICE OF THY / BROTHER’S BLOOD / CRIETH UNTO ME / FROM THE GROUND. / GENESIS IV:10 / DEDICATED / JUNE 10, 1979

  • Custodian

    Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation

  • Dedication Date

    June 10, 1979

  • Decade

    1970s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.217940 , -80.838660 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Bradley, Jim. “Holocaust Memorial Often Overlooked In Marshall Park,” WSOCTV.com, April 5, 2013, (accessed January 18, 2017) Link

      Marusak, Joe. “Hundreds Join ‘Love March’ In Charlotte,” The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, NC), December 3, 2016, (accessed January 18, 2017) Link

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Bronze, granite

  • Location

    The memorial is located at Marshall Park next to the sidewalk facing S. McDowell near the intersection with E. MLK Blvd, Charlotte, NC. Marshall Park is also home to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Statue.

  • Landscape

    The memorial marker stands by a sidewalk, surrounded by bushes and seasonal greenery.

  • Former Locations

    The monument was moved from its original location near Morehead Street and Dilworth Road in 1998. It was moved to Marshall Park in the hope that more people would see it. There has been discussion of relocating it again to a site more appropriate for reflection.

  • Post Dedication Use

    In December 2016 hundreds of people gathered at this memorial and the nearby Martin Luther King, Jr. Statue to protest a planned Ku Klux Klan rally elsewhere in the state and to speak against a rise in hate that crowd members blamed on the recent election of Donald Trump as President.

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