Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Potato Famine Memorial

Big, elaborate bronze sculpture features suffering Irish betrayed by their blighted spuds during the Great Potato Famine (1845-49).

Address:
Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Directions:
In a park on the south side of Chestnut St. just east of its intersection with S. Front St. The park is actually suspended over sunken I-95.
Admission:
Free
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Potato Famine Memorial.

Potato Famine Memorial

Huge ghastly memorial sculpture just off Chestnut St., east of Front St., Philadelphia, PA.

[Laurie Zambrano, 12/10/2014]

Ghastly is right. "An Gorta Mor," Ireland's Great Hunger of 1845-1850, starved a million Irish and made another million emigrate to countries with food (mostly the US). This monumental sculpture tries to finish on a cheery note about the talents and contributions of Irish-Americans, but the graveyard and skeletal bodies in bronze are probably what you'll remember.


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