Police Memorial statue in Festival Park

Police Memorial statue in Richmond, Virginia

WHAT: Police Memorial statue in downtown Richmond’s Festival Park, a park dedicated to the memory of Nina Friedman Abady.

LOCATION: 500 block of North 6th Street in park at 6th Street Marketplace, southeast of the Richmond Coliseum.

Police Memorial statue in Festival ParkARTIST: Maria Kirby-Smith.

DEDICATION: May 16, 1987.

DESCRIPTION: An 8 1/2 foot standing bronze figure of a police officer shown rescuing a child. This statue is a memorial to all Richmond police who have been killed in the line of duty and was erected by the Police Memorial Fund. The officer is walking down steps carrying a child in his arm. The child is minus a shoe is holding a bear in her right hand. The statue stands on a 1 1/2 foot granite pedestal. A memorial plaque is located approximately 10 foot to the south. It includes the names of 28 officers between the years of 1869-2003.

“We the people of Richmond present this memorial in recognition of police officers who afford us their protection. Those officers named here are remembered particularly for making the supreme sacrifice by giving their lives in the line of duty.”


5 responses to this post.

  1. […] and a bit of history on the statue check out the excellent post on the unfortunately defunct site Richmond on the James by Phil […]


  2. […] Park, Brandon Shulleeta reports. If you’re unfamiliar with this statue, head over to this always useful list of Richmond monuments. Mostly unrelated: I think it’d be totally rad to see all of this info and history about […]


  3. It might have been nice to have noted in your article who actually commissioned this statue and probably paid for it as well. I know because it was my Father, Robert E. Pembleton who passed away in 2000.


    • Posted by Captain Penn on November 18, 2015 at 12:02 am

      The statue was actually paid for by many contributions from folks to the Police Memorial Fund Drive. I would love to hear more the Commissioning by Mr. Pembleton.


  4. I was just looking for this info for some time. After six hours of continuous Googleing, at last I got it in your site. I wonder what is the lack of Google strategy that don’t rank this type of informative web sites in top of the list. Normally the top websites are full of garbage.


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