The statue was originally dedicated on June 9, 1929. For years it was neglected until finally restored by sculptor Scott Wise, who carved and replaced an entire new head, and cast a bronze replacement for the missing rifle. The restored sculpture was rededicated at its new location in front of the transit station on Legion Street at a ceremony which took place on April 15, 2010, with children of WWI hero Sergeant Alvin York present. The statue was unveiled by George Edward York and Betsy York Lowery, the children of Tennessee’s most notable World War I hero Sergeant Alvin C. York. They were joined by other children of WWI veterans many of whom brought photos of their family member with them. The rifle was restored with a bronze casting of a 1917 Enfield, the same type of rifle that Sergeant York was issued during the World War. The Clarksville Doughboy at its new location in front of the transit station on Legion Street.
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