An alert and loyal reader discovered that Horace Mann DOES have an obelisk. It's on the campus of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The photos I found online leave no doubt that it's a great obelisk. Too bad that Antioch College is in a state of suspended animation. At least Wiley's Winston-Salem "common schools" are still in business. But Mann's obelisk is on top of a small Indian mound, which is pretty special. The mound building people lived in Ohio from about 3000 BC through the 16th century...during the early years the Egyptians were busy building obelisks while the Ohioans were busy building earthworks...both types of monument persist, but I think it is fair to say that neither is very popular these days.
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