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.

Notice of Commission Meeting

Wednesday, October 19, 2022


The Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 10, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Monument located at 3 Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio | 216-621-3710

For the Commission

Greg Palumbo

Executive Director

What is Going on Out There!?!

You may be asking what is happening outside the Monument this Summer. It is a cleaning technique called a nebulous sprayer.

What's happening is soft water is continuously sprayed on the Monument drawing the contaminants out of the stone and allowing us to clean the surface for a fresh clean look.

This is a very slow process and will take all Summer to complete. At the same time we are taking out the old caulking on our steps and walkways and resealing the entire upper esplanade. This will include some patch work and will keep the water our of our basement for about 5 to 10 years.

If you would like to see more images of what is going on and updates follow this link.

Memorial Day Ceremony

Date: May 30, 2022

Time: 11:00 am - Noon

Location: Northwest Steps of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument at 3 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114

Please see this year's Memorial Day Ceremony honoring traditional Decoration Day in accordance with G.A.R. General Order 11 and the laying of wreaths in the YouTube video above. We were honored to have keynote speaker Rear Admiral Duret S. Smith, M.D., Retired and VFW State Chaplain Major Christopher Zurawski providing our invocation and benediction.

Open Internship Opportunities

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

Content Development Internship

Summer Internships for 2023

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.