Moultrie, Georgia: Marble Tombstone of Life-Size Baby Elephant

Marks the grave of Bill Duggan, a circus owner who died in 1950. Nancy, the baby elephant, "followed him to the hospital the day he died," according to a relative.

Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery

Address:
GA Hwy 37, Moultrie, GA
Directions:
Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. I-75 Exit 319, On a state road 37 (Adel Hwy) east of Moultrie and just east of Cools Springs Rd.
Admission:
Free
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Baby Elephant Tombstone

This notable tombstone is placed at my grandfather's grave. My mom, Joyce (Duggan) Petruschell, was his daughter. I am a California native and still residing near Los Angeles. I was born in 1958, after my grandfather had passed. I have grown up always knowing his favorite elephant Nancy, who followed him to the hospital the day he died, was replicated for his gravesite. I hope to see it for myself someday soon.

[Laura Lavin, 04/21/2011]

Baby elephant grave monument.

Tombstone of Life-size Baby Elephant

The graveyard in Moultrie with a lifesize statue of a baby elephant is just behind the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church. In addition to the circus owner's grave, there are many family plots, as well as many Confederate soldiers' grave sites.

[John Holmes, 03/29/2008]
Tombstone of Life-size baby Elephant

There's a tombstone shaped like a life-size baby elephant in Moultrie, Ga. I have seen it at a small church outside of Moultrie. It is the white marble tombstone of a circus owner long ago.

[Carolyn Cordell, 02/14/2004]

The circus owner, William F. Duggan, Sr., died in 1950 before his circus ever performed. His son commissioned a 5.5 ft. tall, 7-ft. long sculpture for the grave based on a photo of "Nancy," an elephant Duggan acquired in 1949.

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