Henry Morris Naglee Monument, St. James Park
A monument to Henry Morris Naglee (1815-1886) is located on the southeastern corner of St. Jamese Park. Naglee served in the U.S. Army as Brigadier General and Lieutenant Colonel and was a veteran of the Mexican-American War and also served the Union in the Civil War. Outside of the military, he worked in banking, civil engineering, and grape farming. He owned over fifty acres of vineyards in San Jose and used the grapes to make brandy.
Backstory and Context
Tragically, California's last lynching took place at the park in 1933. An angry mob broke into the jail across the street, grabbed two men accused of kidnapping and murdering Brooke Hart—the son of the president of a local department store—and hanged them in the park. This entry includes two videos about that tragic event.
"St. James Park." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed June 6, 2017. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?MarkerID=52561.