Someone special in Bessemer is getting a touch up.
The Bessemer City Council this morning authorized the Mayor to enter into a contract with sculptor Branko Medenica for the renovation and repair of the “The Spirit of the American Doughboy Mounment” at Debardeleben Park.
The monument is one of several of its kind across the nation honoring fallen soldiers from the First World War, better known as The Great War.
The Bessemer monument is unique in that it contains the names of African-American soldiers who died in the war, in addition to their white counterparts, according to local historian John Neely.
The city was dedicated with a Doughboy Monument on Nov. 11, 1922. It was sculpted by E.M. Viquesney and placed at the corner of 19th Street and Carolina Avenue.
When the city streets were widened in 1969, the Doughboy was moved to Debardeleben Park where it stands today.
Medenica will renovate and repair the Monument so that future generations may remember the struggles and bloodshed that preceding generations endured to protect the peace and liberties we hold dear.
Up to $2,000 has been set aside for the renovation project by the city. The Monument will be moved from the park during the renovation process.
A special thanks goes to the Bessemer Historical Homeowners Association and especially resident and historian Neely for spearheading this effort to renovate the Monument.
For more information on the Spirit of the Doughboy:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spirit_of_the_American_Doughboy
You can read more on Medenica at the following link:http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/Branko_Medenica
The city of Bessemer is seeking highly motivated youth between the ages of 14 to 18 to support local businesses, organizations and governmental offices for summer employment under the Camp Bessemer program.
Responsibilities vary according to assigned locations upon hire. Students must completely adhere to the application requirements as part of the selection process. A base compensation of $7.25 an hour for 25 hours a week is allotted for each individual hired.
Summer employment extends for six weeks beginning June 8, 2015. A holiday break is included during the week of July 4th.
Interested persons may pick up an application from their local school or Bessemer City Hall. All applications must be returned to Bessemer City Middle School, Bessemer City High School or the Bessemer City Hall no later than April 30, 2015 by 4:30 p.m. in order to be considered.
Telephone calls will not be accepted concerning employment. Applicants will be notified about their selection for hire by approved personnel. Download Application here
The city of Bessemer Police Department is starting its Citizen's Police Academy 2015.
Classes will begin on May 18 and will be held on Mondays, starting at 6 p.m. and lasting until 9 p.m. The academy will be held at the New Horizon Alternative School, 1701 Sixth Avenue North, Bessemer.
The academy will be conducted for six weeks and cover such topics as self-defense, traffic laws, C.P.R., mental health, criminal laws, gangs and crime prevention.
For further information and registration, please contact Sgt. Evans Reed at (205) 365-5479 or Officer R. Curry at (205) 240-4052.
Hard Park has a new name.
The Bessemer City Council voted on March 31 to rename the park the Southside Community Park. The park is named in honor of former District 3 councilwoman Sarah W. Belcher.
The new walking track at the park will be named The Sarah W. Belcher Walking Track. Belcher led efforts to get the walking track built at the park.
Residents of the Southside Community had petitioned the city to rename the park.