Photo Showing Memorial Exercises for Centenary of the Birth of James Cardinal Gibbons

scan0004The photo above was taken on July 22, 1934, at the statue of James Cardinal Gibbons located at 16th Street and Park Road (in front of Sacred Heart Church). The event commemorated the 100th anniversary of James Cardinal Gibbons’ birth. Reportedly, two thousand person packed the small triangular park where the statue is located, the church steps and lawns and the verandas of nearby houses to hear Maj. General Paul B. Malone’s address at the occasion and view laying of wreaths. At the conclusion of the ceremony, which lasted less than an hour, the base of the memorial was a mass of flowers.

The James Cardinal Gibbons Memorial Statue was authorized by Congress and President Calvin Coolidge on April 23, 1928. The piece was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and cost, at no expense to the United States, $35,998. The piece was unveiled on August 14, 1932.


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