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Lillian Arhelger

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Lillian Arhelger (1907-1931) was a native of Fredericksburg, Texas. She was a graduate of the University of Texas. She came to Charlotte to join the faculty of Central High School as the coach of girl's sports. Miss Arhelger was a counselor for the Girl Scout troop at Myers Park Presbyterian church. On June 21, 1931, while on a trip to Glen Burnie Falls in the North Carolina mountains, she was killed in an attempt to save a young camper who had fallen into the water. In recognition of Arhelger's heroism, the people of Charlotte raised money to erect a public memorial. In 1931, the memorial, designed by Helen Hodge, was placed in Independence Park. The park has since undergone renovation but the memorial has remained at its original location.