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“More than a Statue”

Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The Lovejoy Monument is particularly interesting as is the story of Elijah P. Love joy' dedication to anti-slavery efforts. The monument sits amidst other local luminaries of history and ordinary folk who helped make Alton a remarkable industrial and agricultural area. For more information on Elijah P. love joy and others who rest in the Alton City Cemetery, stop by the Hayner Genealogy and Local History Library at the corner of 4th and State Streets downtown Alton.

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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Always have like to take visitors to experience the unique Statue and show the that at the base is a round seating area that you have someone stand at the far side away from you, you whisper on one side into the seating area and the person who is on the other side will hear your whisper!

Thank Nancy B
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

While driving into this historic river town we noticed the monument on the hill and made a snap decision to delay our trip to find out more. So glad we did as this monument at the edge of an old cemetery on a hill overlooking the town and river has a noble story to tell. Elijah Lovejoy, Presbyterian minister and abolitionist printer was killed by a mob in Alton in 1837 for exercising his freedom of speech. He wouldn't back down and paid with his life almost more than 20 years prior to the start of the civil war. This place is a little overgrown and doesn't seem to get many visitors but, is a beautiful monument in grand late 19th century style (erected in 1890's). The history it commemorates that I don't remember retaining even if I did learn about in school, is the real reason to go. Before there was Lincoln, there was Lovejoy. You'll be glad you stopped by.

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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Elijah Lovejoy was an important leader and the first martyr in the anti-slavery crusade. If you're in the area it is worth a stop to see his beautiful monument. There is also a fantastic view of Alton and the Mississippi River from the monument.

Thank Doug G
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Reviewed 2 October 2016

Very interesting site to explore. The whispering bench is fascinating for young and old. A must see.

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