German Cultural Garden

Statue in the German Cultural Garden

Among the 32 gardens in Rockefeller Park is the German Cultural Garden. It was dedicated in 1927. Its most notable feature is the Goethe and Schiller bronze statue; featuring the philosophers and writers. The statue was originally dedicated in 1907 at Wade Park but moved to the German Cultural Garden at the time of its opening.

Also located in the German garden you will find the busts of Father Friedrich Jahn, the founder of physical education. He also designed gymnastic apparatuses such as the horse, rings, parallel bars and the balance beam. Johann Sebastian Bach, the famous German composer and Heinrich Heine, the German poet are also represented there.

Germans first arrived in significant numbers in Cleveland in the 1830’s at the time of the opening of the Ohio & Erie Canal. The Germans in Cleveland made significant contributions in many fields such as manufacturing, agriculture, architecture, music and the beer brewing industry. In higher education, the German Wallace College was a predecessor to what is today Baldwin-Wallace College and the Germans founded Notre Dame College and John Carroll University.

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