Andrew Young Monument and Tribute Unveiled in Downtown Atlanta

A public ceremony was held today to dedicate the Andrew Young Monument and Tribute at Walton Spring Park in Downtown Atlanta. Conceived and funded by Aaron Rent’s founder and Young’s longtime friend, Charles Loudermilk, the Tribute tells the story of Young’s life and his contributions to Atlanta, the United States and the world as a minister, civil rights leader, mayor, United Nations Ambassador and Olympic visionary.

The $1.5 million project has transformed Walton Spring Park, located on Andrew Young International Boulevard one block west of Peachtree Street. The park now features a 25-foot obelisk anchored to a large bronze disk and surrounded by a granite bench and wall, as well as an 8 1/2-foot tall bronze statue of Andrew Young. Managed by Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), the multi-faceted Tribute has been four years in the making, including a thorough site selection process and design competition.

Atlanta sculptor Curtis Patterson created the obelisk and bronze disk, which serve as the centerpiece of the park that was redesigned by the Atlanta office of EDAW. North Carolina sculptor Johnpaul Harris created the bronze statue that stands at the northeast corner of the park. “The vision for the Tribute was to create a compelling destination that honors the contributions of one of our most important leaders,” said A.J. Robinson, president of CAP.

“This serene park will serve as a point of reflection and inspiration along the path to Downtown’s major destinations.” During the 30-minute dedication ceremony, Young was honored by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, Charles Loudermilk, CAP Board Chairman Tom Bell and more than 120 guests including Atlanta political and business leaders.

Additional financial contributions for the Monument and Tribute were provided by the City of Atlanta, Capacity Inc., Central Atlanta Progress and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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