The "Vicious Beast" of Memphis -- The Doughboy Statue in Overton Park

With all the controversy surrounding the Confederate monuments in Memphis, the reaction to this World War One memorial was interesting when it was unveiled.

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As I grew up in Midtown I often would take shelter under the doughboy's coat during rain or any number of reasons over the years. One of the last times I slid out into the light I practically landed on Mayor Loeb who was there for some patriotic whing-ding. They were not amused, but I was there under the protection of the Doughboy.

CL Mullins 16 days ago

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Vance Lauderdale

Ask Vance is the blog of Vance Lauderdale, the award-winning columnist of Memphis magazine and Inside Memphis Business. Vance is the author of four books: Ask Vance: The Best Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History and Trivia Expert (2003), as well as Ask Vance: More Questions and Answers from Memphis Magazine’s History Expert (2011), Vance Lauderdale’s Lost Memphis (2013), and Vance Lauderdale’s More Lost Memphis (2014). He is also the recipient of quite a few nice awards (including “Best Blog - 2017” from the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards), the creator of several eye-catching wall calendars, and the only person we know with a vintage shock-treatment machine in his den.

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