Amelia Earhart Monument
Tall stone monument set on two concrete steps. Topped by metal weathervane with plane. Lower part of monument has four lion heads at each corner over four small basins but not in working condition. Relief stone wreath towards top of obelisk.
The monument was unveiled in August 1930 by Sir Arthur Whitten-Brown who with Sir John Alcock accomplished the first aerial crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in June 1919.
Amelia Earhart (1898-1937) was born in Atchison, Kansas. She worked as a military nurse in Canada during the Great War and later as a social worker in Boston. She was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic (as a passenger) in 1928 and made the solo journey in 1932. She took an active part in efforts to open aviation to women. She set out in 1937 to fly around the world and after completing more than two-thirds of the distance, her plane vanished in the South Pacific.
Incised on inset marble tablet on lower front of monument: ERECTED / IN COMMEMORATION OF / MISS AMELIA EARHART, OF BOSTON, U.S.A. / THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY ACROSS / THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, / WHO, WITH HER COMPANIONS, / WILMUR STULTZ & LOUIS CORDON, / FLEW FROM TREPASSEY, NEWFOUNDLAND, / TO BURRY PORT IN 20 HRS 49 MINUTES / IN THE SEAPLANE NAMED "FRIENDSHIP" / ON JUNE 18TH 1928.
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