The restoration of Over The Top, the WWI Doughboy statue in Madison Park, at 2nd Street and Spring Garden is complete.
Northern Liberties Neighbors Association in conjunction with the Friends of the Doughboy continue to work on the restoration and renovation of the Doughboy statue as well as maintain the park located at 2nd & Spring Garden Streets. I am pleased to share the news that the bayonet and a missing plaque (with 400 names of those who served) have been replaced making the statue complete once again.
The Doughboy statue is located at Second and Spring Garden streets and honors soldiers (known as doughboys) from the River Wards who served. The statue is a bronze figure of a WWI Doughboy in uniform with field pack, carrying a rifle with bayonet in his left hand. A plaque plaque on the front of the granite pedestal reads: “IN MEMORY OF OUR BOYS OF THE SIXTH, ELEVENTH, AND TWELFTH WARDS WHO SERVED IN THE GREAT WAR OF THE NATIONS, 1914 – 1918.”
The renovation would not have been possible without the generous financial support of Penn Treaty Special Services District, Transport Workers Local 234 and neighborhood friends including Mary Dankanis. The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Public Art and Kensington Memorial Amvets have also been supporters of this project.
Stay tuned for updates.