Cuyahoga County 

Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument

Welcome to Cuyahoga County's Civil War Monument

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument commemorates the American Civil War; it consists of a 125' column surrounded at its base by a Memorial Room and esplanade. The column, topped with a statue of the Goddess of Freedom, defended by the Shield of Liberty, signifies the essence of the Nation for which Cuyahoga County veterans were willing to and did give their lives. Four bronze groupings on the esplanade depict, in battle scenes, the Navy, Artillery, Infantry and Cavalry.

Inside the Memorial Room are four bronze relief sculptures:  Women's Soldiers' and Sailors' Aid Society,  Beginning of the War in Ohio, Emancipation of the Slaves and End of the War at City Point, Va., as well as busts of Gen. James Barnett and Architect/ Sculptor Levi T. Scofield, together with 6 officers, who were either killed in action,  or died of disease or their wounds.

Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument to Host Juneteenth Celebration

The Cuyahoga County Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument – which honors the citizens of Cuyahoga County who fought and worked for the Union in the Civil War – to host a community Juneteenth celebration on 

Wednesday, June 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature programming dedicated to the origins of Juneteenth, including readings of General Order No. 3 and dialogue about its meaning. Story time featuring books from the Cleveland Public Library, coloring stations, and Monument tours will also be available for guests.

Cleveland History Days Tour

A FREE Walking Tour In Partnership With Western Reserve Fire Museum and Cleveland Police Historical Society

Walk The Beat With Cleveland's Heroes

This family-friendly walking tour follows a day in the life of Cleveland firemen and police officers from the 1890s who also served during the Civil War. The tour will include visits to Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument on Cleveland's Public Square, Western Reserve Fire Museum, and Cleveland Police Museum. Parking for the Western Reserve Fire Museum is located on the adjacent street, under the bridge. 

Podcast Episode 4 - Thomas Nast's Santa Clause

Caretaker Krista Castillo sits down with Executive Director Greg Palumbo to discuss Santa Clause in the Civil War

Annually the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument hosts "Patriotic Santa" for the Winterland festivities and Saturdays in December. Caretaker Krista Castillo and Executive Director Greg Palumbo discuss the origins of Santa Clause and the contributions of Harper's Weekly cartoonist Thomas Nast to our American idea of Santa Clause which was popularized during the Civil War and on through the 1880s. 

Podcast Special Edition

Featuring a Discussion with Frm. Acting Secretary of the Navy, Thomas B. Modly on his book Vectors. 

In this special installment of the Cuyahoga County Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument Podcast Commission President Richard Prasse has a conversation with the Honorable Thomas B. Modly, former Acting Secretary of the Navy and author of Vectors: Heroes, Villains, & Heartbreak on the Bridge of the U.S. Navy.

Find Vectors: Heroes, Villains, and Heartbreak on the Bridge of the U.S. Navy at 

Open Internship Opportunities

The Cuyahoga County Monument Commission is happy to announce two seasonal winter paid-internship opportunities.  

Summer Internships for 2024

Click Here for more information on author Lauren Pacini's book Honoring Their Memory: Levi Scofield, Cleveland's Monumental Architect and Sculptor

New Day Cleveland Downtown Road Trip

Thank you to Fox8's David Moss and New Day Cleveland for stopping by the Monument on their Downtown Road Trip. Watch the segment on YouTube where the Moss-man talks with Executive Director Greg Palumbo about our Cleveland treasure.