Johns Creek, Georgia: Monkey Massacre Memorial

A circle of small monkey statues on a forest trail serves as a memorial to escaped circus monkeys that were all killed by locals with guns.

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve

Address:
9770 Autrey Mill Rd, Johns Creek, GA
Directions:
Autrey Mill Nature Preserve. From Old Alabama Rd turn north onto Autrey Mill Rd. Drive a half-mile. Park in the paved lot on the left. From the parking lot, bear left on foot onto Forest Trail North. In about a hundred yards you'll come to the monkey statues.
Hours:
8 AM - dusk (Call to verify)
Phone:
678-366-3511
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Monkey Massacre Memorial.

Monkey Massacre Memorial

Surprised there were no signs. Exactly as described. [Fran Cohn, 08/28/2018]

Monkey Massacre Memorial.

Monkey Massacre Memorial

My boy and I saw an interesting memorial in our hometown of Johns Creek.

Out in the woods of Autrey Mill Nature Preserve there's an arrangement of about a half-dozen concrete monkey statues. About 80 years ago, a circus train wrecked in nearby Duluth and the monkeys escaped and climbed up into the trees. Farmers in the area were startled, so they shot and killed every one of them.

An artist created the statues because he wanted to remind people that just because you don't know what something is, that's no reason to kill it!

[Jeff Martin, 07/09/2011]

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