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Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument

Monument & 5th Streets, Alton, IL 62002

(800) 258-6645

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Schedule a photo stop at the iconic Elijah P. Lovejoy Monument. During the slavery era, Elijah Lovejoy was a pastor who wrote anti-slavery editorials so controversial he became an object of hatred by slaveholders. Despite threats to his life, he continued his anti-slavery writings in the Alton Observer even after three of his printing presses were thrown into the Mississippi River. It was this persistence that led an angry pro-slavery mob to attack and kill him in 1837. 

The monument consists of a 93 foot tall main shaft topped by a 17-foot-tall winged statue of victory. There are two side spires mounted by eagles, as well as two bronze lion chalice statues, and a stone whispering wall bench that wraps all the way around the central spire, allowing you to hear someone whispering completely out of sight on its opposite side.The four sides of the central spire's pedestal contain quotes by Lovejoy, focusing on each aspect of his life.

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