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Philadelphia Armenian Genocide Monument

A public monument in Philadelphia about the Armenian Genocide is Young Meher by the sculptor Khoren Der Harootian (1909-1991).  This 22 foot high monument is located next to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and is under the custody of the Fairmount Park Commission.  Executed in 1975 in bronze and dedicated on April 24, 1976, the sculpture Meher symbolizes the "invincible faith of the Armenian people," its long history and "Day of Infamy, April 24, 1915." The bas-relief on the East side of the sculpture depicts a vulture peering over a field of skeletons.  Meher, the subject of the title, is a legendary figure from the Middle Ages symbolizing the spirit of the Armenians.  Born in Armenia, Der Harootian received his art education at the Worcester (Massachusetts) Museum School.  For many years he lived in Jamaica before moving to New York.

- Stephen C. Feinstein

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Young Meher

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Keeping Watch Over the Spiritual and Cultural Heritage of Armenia

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St. Vartan at the Battle of Avarayr (451 A.D.), History's First Defense
of the Christian Faith.

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The Armenian Genocide 1915-Day of Infamy (April 24, 1915), the Genocide and Martyrdom of the Armenian Nation

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Amid the Ashes of the Martyrs

Mid the ashes of martyrs, mother and child look to freedom for Armenia and all nations. Mother and child point to Mount Ararat and Monument, Museum, and Research Complex at Dsidsernakaberd, in Yerevan, Armenia.

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For other monuments see:

Memorials to the Armenian Genocide: Armenian National Institute