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  • Mt. Davidson Cross in San Francisco, California

    TitleMt. Davidson Cross in San Francisco, California
    Type of MemorialCommemorative Plaque, Inscription, Park, Path,
    Sponsor(s)Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California & Armenian-Ame
    Architect/Designer/ArtistDesigned and built by George Kelham.
    PlacementFreestanding sculpture in a public park with a plaque at the foot of a large concrete cross.
    Physical SettingThe sculpture is on top of a mountain/hill, overlooking the city.
    Tourist AmenitiesYes
    Map DesignationMt. Davidson Park
    Physical ConditionWell preserved.
    Inscription"If evil of this magnitude can be ignored,if our own children forgetthen we deserve oblivionand earn the world's scorn." Avedis Aharonian (writer and educator, 1866-1948)Armenian Genocide Commemoration DayApril 24, 1998”Inscription: the Armenian language version of the poem by Avedis Aharonian, which appears on the plaque alongside the English translation by Diana Der-Hovanessian
    LocationMt. Davidson Park
    San Francisco, California United States
    Construction BeganEarly 1930s
    Construction Completed1934
    Dedication Date1934
    Prior Use of SiteMt. Davidson Park.
    History of OwnershipFrom 1934 - 1937: owned by the city of San Francisco
    From 1997 – present: owned by Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California.
    Additional InformationEditorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.

    Kidd, Kristen. "Perpetual Reminders," Armenian International Magazine
    (April 1999), pp. 48-50.
       

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    Denialst theft and vandalism

    Bronze Plaque Stolen From Mt. Davidson Cross In SF

    http://www.nbc11.com/news/14230690/detail.html

    Police Send Flier To Recycling Centers To Be On Lookout

    POSTED: 2:31 pm PDT September 28, 2007
    UPDATED: 2:59 pm PDT September 28, 2007

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- A 160-pound, 3-by-4-foot bronze plaque that sat at the foot of San Francisco's Mt. Davidson Cross has been stolen, San Francisco Police Captain Dennis O'Leary said Friday.
    The giant plaque commemorated the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Turkish government from 1915 to 1918.
    It was bolted to a concrete base.

    Police discovered the memorial plaque had been taken on Sept. 23, O'Leary said.
    Noting that the discovery was made on the day when Armenian-Americans were celebrating Armenian Independence Day, O'Leary said they haven't ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.

    SF Police
    "This is a very serious matter," said O'Leary. "We are considering all possibilities."
    O'Leary said investigators were also considering the recycling value of the bronze plaque as a motive for the theft.
    The department sent out a message and photos to all the metal recycling plants in the Bay Area, and an additional flier to police departments throughout California, O'Leary said.
    The 103-foot Mt. Davidson Cross was built and inaugurated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1934.
    In 1997, the people of San Francisco voted to approve the sale of the cross to the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California to preserve the structure as an historic landmark.
    More than $1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Turkish government from 1915 to 1918.
    The plaque was installed after a decade-long legal and political battle over the constitutionality of the presence of a cross in a public park.
    The case was resolved when the city of San Francisco auctioned the property to private ownership.
    Mt. Davidson Park and the cross have remained open to the public.
    General Antranik (1865-1927): “I am not a nationalist. I recognize only one nation, the nation of the oppressed.”

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