Free Derry Corner is an icon / monument representing the Republican Resistance, and marking the eastern border of Derry city's Bogside area.
- The words You are Now Entering Free Derry were crudely painted on the side of a house in 1969 by a local activist
- When a British Home Secretary Jim Callaghan came to visit the city later that year, locals in this predominantly Catholic/nationalist community whitewashed the wall and had the words professionally painted
- They wanted to ensure the British Government's representative would get the message -- this part of Derry city was declaring itself separate from Britain
- The house was destroyed in 1972, but the gable wall was retained, and now stands as a monument
- Today it is a tourist attraction
Free Derry Corner is also close to the site of The People's Gallery, a group of political and historical wall murals created by three local artists.
Murals near the Free Derry monument. Image: Panchenks.
Free Derry Monumnet, with surrounding murals. Image: Giuseppe Milo.