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Arcola, Illinois: Birthplace of the Creator of Raggedy Ann

A tombstone-like monument honors artist and writer Johnny Gruelle, who created the characters Raggedy Ann and Andy over 100 years ago.

N. Oak St., Arcola, IL
Downtown, east of the train tracks. On the west side of N. Oak St., just north of its intersection with E. Main St.
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Johnny Gruelle Birthplace Monument

A monument, reminiscent of a headstone, commemorates the birthplace of artist and writer Johnny Gruelle, who created the characters Raggedy Ann and Andy.

[Melissa, 07/29/2018]

The mop-headed dolls were hugely popular in Gruelle's lifetime, but he died in 1938, and Arcola closed its Raggedy Ann and Andy Museum in 2009. The monument was unveiled in 2016.

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