In the heart of downtown Atlanta stands a 127-year-old, 10-foot bronze statue. The monument was erected to honor Henry W. Grady – the journalist known as the “Spokesman of the New South” who helped reintegrate the Confederate states following the Civil War.
The famous New York artist Alexander Doyle was hired for the $20,000 project, which was funded by donations from around the country. Doyle depicted Grady in an orator’s stance with two female figures below him representing Memory and History.
In 1891, Grady’s daughter Gussie unveiled the statue to a crowd of roughly 25,000 people.
– Caroline Parsley, The 100 Companies