Given my ethnic heritage, it was a given that I was going to photograph this cross (made of limestone from County Roscommon, in the west of Ireland) when I visited Savannah for the day a week ago. The cross, dedicated in December 1983, is located in Irish and Robert Emmet Park. The latter park, on a bluff overlooking the Savannah River, was originally known as the Strand, then later as Irish Green because of the Irish living nearby in the neighborhood at the time. The park was renamed in 1902 to honor the great Irish patriot, orator and martyr Robert Emmet (1778-1803), as well as those of Irish descent in this most beautiful of Southern cities.
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