American Garden

MLK at East Blvd.
Leadership: Anna Ochs, Monuments: Frank Jirouch
Dedication Date:

History & Design:

A uniquely shaped garden stretching from the southern intersection of East Boulevard and the Irish Garden to the Syrian garden. Mostly hillsides, with a few flat spaces for plazas and smaller memorial gardens.

Note: The information related to the American Garden is being updated. Please Stay tuned for more news as the Garden is redeveloped.

Booker T. Washington Bust (near flagpole)
  1. Birth date: 1880
  2. Death date: 1915
  3. He was an educator, author, and lecturer
Lincoln Pedestal

Erected in memory of Peter Witt (in “Lincoln plaza” at southern tip of garden). The bust is in storage.

  1. Birth Date: 1869
  2. Death Date: 1946
  3. A Cleveland railway commissioner; designed a model of the streetcar, the “Peter Witt Streetcar” which became the most popular streetcar used in Cleveland and Toronto. In Cleveland he was devoted to public service and Emancipation.
Gettysburg Address Plaque

(next to Lincoln pedestal in southern tip of garden)

  1. A bronze copy of the 200 word speech
  2. Delivered Thursday November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg PA
  3. It is one of the most influential speeches in history, delivered by President Lincoln
Bust of Mark Twain

(in Twain monument plaza area)

  1. Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), better known as “Mark Twain”, is perhaps the most famous American contributor to literature. Books such as his works “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” are still enjoyed with a laugh today. Twain’s statue is displayed in the American Cultural Garden to be recognized for all he has done for the country and American Literature.