Memory Bank: The monument at nighttime in 1951

This photo of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument—which was dedicated in 1902—was taken on Jan. 17, 1951, from what was then the Indiana Bell Telephone Co. building, looking south. The 284-foot-tall monument is the largest of more than 200 Civil War memorials in the U.S. and the only one that combines large-scale sculpture in bronze and stone. For more than a century, the Circle and the monument have been home to celebrations, parades, protests and other public events. On Nov. 9, a new show will debut on the Circle, one that features patriotic music and images projected on the Monument and surrounding buildings. See this story for more details.

Sources: Indiana Historical Society, Associated Press

Credit: The photo is courtesy of the Indiana Historical Society and is part of the W.H. Bass Photo Co. collection. More images are available at

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