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San Francisco Monument

San Francisco Monument

Dedicated on March 30, 2008, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Monument, 40 feet long and 8 feet high, is located near the Vaillancourt Fountain on the Embarcadero, not far from San Francisco's Ferry Building. Forty-five onyx panels are held together by a steel structure. The translucent stone squares show scenes from the war and the faces of some U.S. volunteers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), as well as words about the period from writers like Ernest Hemingway.

It was designed by Ann Chamberlain and Walter Hood, and it was donated by the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives and Veterans and Friends of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade.



Our national monument is in need of restoration! Monument profile w/ gaps

Eleven panels have been shattered and are now completely gone, while other panels have active cracks and are missing large areas. The parts that were grafittied and cleaned in the past have, over time, become discolored and need treatment. 

With support from your donations, ALBA, working with the Architectural Resources Group, will replace the Onyx panels with scratch-proof, printed glass, in the same design, that will endure the tests of time and weather. Your contribution will ensure that thousands of citizens continue to be reminded of the the brave sacrifice of those Americans who volunteered to defend the Spanish Republic against fascism during the 1930s.

Please donate here and keep this monument to progressive heritage alive. (Indicate Monument in the Designation field of your donation) Or you can mail a check payable to ALBA to 239 W 14th Street, Suite #2, New York, NY 10011.

Schedule for the monument restoration:


Phase 1:
Sept - Dec 2016
Phase 2:
Jan - June 2017
Phase 3:
July - Dec 2017
Phase 4:
Jan - May 2018
Source graphics and finalize design Review sample panels and source materials Manufacture new panels and prepare installation materials Installation and re-dedication





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