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Famous memorials at Lakewood

There are countless people, events and organizations represented at Lakewood that have made a difference in the Minneapolis community. Some are known locally, while others are nationally recognized. Here are just a few. To learn more about people at Lakewood, visit our bookstore.

Political leaders

  • Orville L. Freeman (1918 – 2003) – popular Minnesota governor, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture (1961-1969)
  • Abram M. Fridley (1817-1888) – Minnesota State Representative; Fridley, Minnesota, is named in his honor
  • Hubert H. Humphrey – Minneapolis mayor, U.S. Senator and Vice President of the United States
  • Dr. B. Robert Lewis (1931-1979) – Minnesota’s first black state senator
  • John Lind (1854-1930) – Minnesota governor
  • Charles A. Lindbergh (1859-1924) – U.S. Congressman, father of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh
  • Floyd B. Olson – Minnesota’s first Farmer-Labor governor
  • Rudy Perpich  (1928-1995) – longest serving governor of Minnesota
  • John S. Pillsbury (1827-1901) – Minnesota governor
  • Paul Wellstone (1944-2002) – popular U.S. Senator from 1991 until his death in 2002

Business and community leaders and influencers

  • Dr. Robert S. Brown (d. 1927) – first black physician licensed to practice in Minneapolis
  • Curt Carlson (1914-1999) – founder of the Carlson Companies and Gold Bond Stamps
  • William Dunwoody (1841-1914) – left millions of dollars to found the industrial trade school, Dunwoody Institute
  • Franklin C. Mars (1884-1934) – creator of the Milky Way candy bar
  • Clara Ueland (1860-1927) – a champion of the women’s suffrage movement in Minnesota
  • T.B. Walker (1840-1928) – founded the Walker Art Museum
  • Theodore Wirth (1863-1949) – an internationally recognized horticulturist and park developer
  • Dr. Reuben Youngdahl – minister who grew Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church to be the largest Lutheran church in America with more than 10,000 members

Personalities, artists and entertainers

  • Cedric Adams (1902-1961) – Minnesota journalist and on-air radio personality
  • Bill Goldsworthy (1944-1996) – original member of Minnesota North Stars, known for his “Goldy shuffle”
  • Leslie C. Kouba – wildlife painter
  • Johann Emil Oberhoffer (1867-1933) – violinist and composer, conducted local and national symphony orchestras
  • Tiny Tim (1932-1996) – entertainer

Special sections and monuments

  • Brotherhood of Paternal Order of Elks – bronze elk commissioned in 1900
  • Showman’s Rest – Circus performers
  • Chinese Community Memorial – marked by a pagoda sculpture
  • Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) monument – donated by Lakewood in 1889 to honor Civil War veterans
  • Soldiers Memorial – honors Minnesota’s veterans of the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I
  • Minneapolis Fire Department Relief Association – a fireman in the square-billed cap and dress uniform of 1892 stands atop of this monument
  • Washburn “A” Mill Explosion memorial obelisk – lists the names of the 18 men killed in the worst milling disaster in Minneapolis history in 1878
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