O. Nestus Freeman built the massive stone base of this World War I memorial.
It stands at the entrance to the Wilson County Fairgrounds (and, formerly, stockcar race track) on 301 South. A June 27 Daily Times article announcing the Fourth of July 1935 unveiling of the monument describes the base as: “a shaft or pyramid of stone 20 by twelve feet, sixteen feet high, containing 86 tons of Wilson county granite surmounted by thirty-four foot flag staff ….” No mention of Freeman.
I don’t know stone masonry technique, but this knife-edge crease, rendered in igneous rock, is pretty amazing.
Photos by Lisa Y. Henderson, June 2021.