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Historical Markers of Shelby County

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Cannon - Salute to USA

This gun, one of a battery of eleven, at St. Eustatius, N.W.I., on November 16, 1776, fired the first salute by a foreign power to the Flag of the United States. This painting by Memphis Artist Noland Van Powell presented to the City of Memphis on May 14, 1982 by Lucius E. Burch, Jr. who had earlier recovered three of the saluting cannons from the sea at St. Eustatius, D. W.I .