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Free Derry Corner

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.

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Murals near the Free Derry monument. Image: Panchenks.

Free Derry Monumnet, with surrounding murals. Image: Giuseppe Milo.

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