San Francisco Monument
Dedicated on March 30, 2008, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Monument, 40 feet long and 8 feet high, is located near the Vaillancourt Fountain on the Embarcadero, not far from San Francisco's Ferry Building. Forty-five onyx panels are held together by a steel structure. The translucent stone squares show scenes from the war and the faces of some U.S. volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), as well as words about the period from writers like Ernest Hemingway.
It was designed by Ann Chamberlain and Walter Hood, and it was donated by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and Veterans and Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.
Our national monument is in need of restoration!
Eleven panels have been shattered and are now completely gone, while other panels have active cracks and are missing large areas. The parts that were grafittied and cleaned in the past have, over time, become discolored and need treatment.
With support from your donations, ALBA, working with the Architectural Resources Group, will replace the Onyx panels in the fall of 2016 with scratch-proof, printed glass, in the same design, that will endure the tests of time and weather. Your contribution will ensure that thousands of citizens continue to be reminded of the the brave sacrifice of those Americans who volunteered to defend the Spanish Republic against fascism during the 1930s.
Please donate here and keep this monument to progressive heritage alive. (Indicate Monument in the Designation field of your donation) Or you can mail a check payable to ALBA to 799 Broadway, Suite 341, New York, NY 10003.
Schedule for the monument restoration:
|Phase 1: Sept - Oct||Phase 2: Nov - Dec||Phase 3: Jan - Feb||Phase 4: March|
|Source graphics from original monument||Present and review sample panels||Prepare new panels||Installation|