|Subject:||The victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide. (view image)|
|Type of Memorial:||Commemorative Plaque, Inscription, Park, Path|
|Sponsor(s):||Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California & Armenian-American community of San Francisco.|
|Architect/Designer/Artist:||Designed and built by George Kelham.|
|Placement:||Freestanding sculpture in a public park with a plaque at the foot of a large concrete cross.|
|Physical Setting:||The sculpture is on top of a mountain/hill, overlooking the city.|
|Map Designation:||Mt. Davidson Park|
|Physical Condition:||Well preserved.|
|Inscription:||"If evil of this magnitude can be ignored, if our own children forget then we deserve oblivion and earn the world's scorn." Avedis Aharonian (writer and educator, 1866-1948) Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day April 24, 1998” Inscription: the Armenian language version of the poem by Avedis Aharonian, which appears on the plaque alongside the English translation by Diana Der-Hovanessian|
|Location:||Mt. Davidson Park|
San Francisco, California United States
|Construction Began:||Early 1930s|
|Renovation Date:||1997 - 1998|
|Prior Use of Site:||Mt. Davidson Park.|
|Development/Construction Process:||The monument is a 100 ft.cross. A commemorative plaque rests at its base. In 1997, the citizens of San Francisco approved the sale of the monument to the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California, to preserve it as a historic landmark. Following the change in ownership, a plaque was added and set at the foot of the cross in memory of the victims.|
|History of Ownership:||From 1934 - 1937: owned by the city of San Francisco |
From 1997 – present: owned by Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California.
|Commemorative Activities:||Inauguration of Monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt: 1934.|
Inauguration of Genocide plaque: March 8, 1998.
Annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide on April 24.
|Additional Information:||Editorial Broad of Armenian Encyclopedia. The Armenian Question. Yerevan: 1996.|
Kidd, Kristen. "Perpetual Reminders," Armenian International Magazine
(April 1999), pp. 48-50.
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