Oak Tree on Liberty Row


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Oak Tree on Liberty Row

To honor the Cleveland-area men killed in World War I, over 800 oak trees were planted along what became known as "Liberty Row." The line of oaks stretched intermittently from Gordon Park at Lake Erie to North Park Boulevard in Shaker Heights. At the base of each tree was a bronze plaque bearing the name of a deceased soldier.

Many of these trees are still standing with their plaques intact, including this one in Horseshoe Lake Park.

According to an October 16, 1918 Cleveland Plain Dealer article, 26 year-old James Taddeo, who lived on 1819 Woodland Road in East Cleveland, died of pneumonia in a naval hospital. The seven year Navy veteran had been cited for bravery during a submarine battle shortly before his death.

Image courtesy of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities


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