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Governor Coles State Memorial

Valley View Cemetery, Edwardsville IL 62025
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The Governor Coles Memorial was finished in 1929 and contains a square bas-relief bronze portrait of Coles, sculpted by Leon Hermant. Edward Coles was the second governor of Illinois. A former slave owner, he became an abolitionist and helped defeat a call to consider the legalization of slavery in Illinois.


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