Serving as the symbolic centerpiece of this neighborhood park and playground, the Carroll Park War Memorial honors the memory of those men from the surrounding 8th Assembly District who lost their lives in military service during World War I.
The monument consists of an 18-foot tall pink granite stele to which are mounted front and back bronze bas-reliefs of soldiers and sailors, crafted by Brooklyn-born sculptor Eugene H. Morahan (1869-1949). On either side are bronze honor rolls listing those who paid the supreme sacrifice for their country. The frontal image represents a soldier mourning his slain comrades while the rear composition’s central motif is that of a sailor on watch.
A gift to the City, the monument was commissioned by a local committee at a cost of $9,000 and dedicated in 1921. In 1994, as part of a $1.3 million upgrade of Carroll Park and playground, the monument, its sculptural reliefs, and commemorative plaques were fully restored.
Carroll Park Memorial Details
- Location: Smith, Carroll, and President Streets
- Sculptor: Eugene H. Morahan
- Architect: Gordon Pike
- Description: Stele on plinth on step; stele with bas-reliefs on north and south sides, and plaques on east and west sides
- Materials: Stele, plinth and step--granite; Bas-reliefs and plaques--bronze
- Dimensions: Total H: 18' W: 10'5" D: 8'6"; Bas-reliefs H: 10'10" W: 4' (approximate)
- Cast: 1920
- Dedicated: June 1921
- Donor: Eighth Assembly District Memorial Committee
- Inscription: Side 1: THEY FACED THE PERILS / OF THE SEA AND THE / HIDDEN FOE / BENEATH THE / WAVES.
Side 2: THEY SOUGHT NO / GLORY BUT THEIR / COUNTRY'S GOOD /
2 Honor Rolls entitled: DIED / IN THE / SERVICE OF / THEIR COUNTRY