BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Birmingham’s historic Kelly Ingram Park draws thousands of visitors each year looking to take a journey through time.
There are many memorials at the park. Most honor African Americans who paved the way, like the first black registered nurse in Alabama, Pauline Bray Fletcher, and Julius Ellsberry, the first African American from Alabama killed in WWII.
Across the park, at the corner of 6th Avenue North and 17th Street North, is a memorial for another fallen serviceman, a sailor from Pratt City and the man for which Kelly Ingram Park is named for.
According to the Naval Historical Center, Gunner’s Mate First Class, Osmond Kelly Ingram, served on board the USS Cassin.
In 1917, while onboard the ship off the Irish coast, Ingram spotted an incoming torpedo. He raced to release the ships depth charges, however the ship was hit before he completed the task and he was killed.
Ingram was awarded a Medal of Honor for his heroism.
Birmingham’s “West Park”, was renamed after Ingram in 1932.