Location Information
(for the World War I Monument)
Name:World War I Monument [Doughboy Monument]
Address:23rd Ave, 6th St, and 7th St.
City/County:Meridian, Lauderdale County
Registration Information
NR District Name:Meridian Downtown
NR Status:Contributing
Element No.:144
Local Designation Information
Local District Name:Meridian Historic Downtown
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This monument is a pressed copper statue of a World War I soldier, a copy of a sculpture called “The Spirit of the American Doughboy” by Ernest Moore (“Dick”) Viquesney, standing atop a tall rubble-stone base. It is listed as a contributing element (element #144) in the Downtown Meridian Historic District, which was placed on the Register in 2007.

It was documented as part of the nationwide “Save Outdoor Sculpture!” project in 1994 (SOS-LAU-0006).

This monument is included in "Buildings of Mississippi" (2020) (p. 216, as part of the listing for the S.H. Kress & Company Building, EM11).