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May 21, 2016

Donations needed to restore Doughboy Statue in Northern Liberties

Bust honors local residents who served in World War I

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Doughboy Statue NLNA Northern Liberties Neighbors Association/Google Maps/Source

The Doughboy Statue located at 2nd and Spring Garden streets.

Four years removed from an overhaul to its namesake park, the historic Doughboy Statue in Northern Liberties needs a makeover.

The Northern Liberties Neighbors Association has launched a fundraising campaign to restore the bust at 2nd and Spring Garden streets, which pays tribute to local residents who served in the First World War.

The statue was constructed in 1981 thanks to donations from the Northern Liberties community.

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In 2012, benches and shrubbery were added to the park — formerly known as Madison War Memorial Park — where the statue sits as a part of a renovation. 

The NLNA is now seeking $22,000 to refurbish the statue. The money will go to:

• Reproduce and install a bronze plaque of 400 names that was removed which will then restore the complete listing of soldiers from Northern Liberties

• Replicate and attach missing bayonet to the solder’s left hand riffle

• Clean and apply a protective covering of the sculpture

• Support the ongoing maintenance of the statue and park

The City of Philadelphia and Kreilick Conservation, LLC are working with the NLNA to spruce up the statue.

Donation can be made through PayPal here.