This photograph appeared on the front page of the July 5, 1945 Portland Press Herald. According to the accompanying caption, “Gorham’s Corner was renamed George W. Sullivan Square at exerciesd sponsored by Philip B. Frothingham Post, VFW, despite original objections at City Hall. City manager James E. Barlow had advised against naming the corner for the Army private, who was the first fraternity house district man to lose his life during World War II. The City Council decided it was fitting, however. Left to right: Mrs. Robert Howell, Sullivan’s sister, Mrs. Margaret Sullivan, his mother, and Floyd C. Chase, commander of the Frothingham Post.”

Today, the same junction of Center, Fore and York Streets at the edge of Portland’s Old Port is still commonly known as Gorham’s Corner, and is best known as the site of a memorial to Portland native and film director John Ford (pictured below).

2009 Press Herald file photo/Gregory Rec

2009 Press Herald file photo/Gregory Rec


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