Honoring Those Who Stayed
In 1878, a Yellow Fever epidemic in Memphis caused more than 25,000 people to flee the city. To take care of the sick, thousands chose to stay behind, even though this likely meant they were giving themselves a death sentence. This memorial sculpture in Martyrs Park is a tribute to those who died helping others. A plaque on the memorial reads in part: "The acts of love and courage, far beyond the call of duty, merited the gratitude and admiration of the citizens of Memphis, and of the world, as history revealed the story." Martyrs Park sits on top of a mass grave where over a thousand Yellow Fever victims were buried.