For some time, May 24 was celebrated as the Southern Memorial Day (in contrast to the North's May 30), and on that day in 1889, this statue was dedicated. Buberl's “Johnny Reb” is a bronze soldier standing with arms folded and looking off toward the South. Its location in the middle of the original main north-south road through Alexandria was appropriately symbolic. When, in the 1930s, South Washington Street became part of Mount Vernon Memorial Parkway, all efforts to relocate the sculpture failed.
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