William Thomas Stead

The bronze bas-relief memorial plaque to William Thomas Stead is set into the Fifth Avenue perimeter wall near Engineers’ Gate.

The sculpture celebrates the British investigative journalist and editor who committed his paper to causes such as child welfare, workers’ rights, social legislation, and reform of England’s infamous criminal codes. A passenger on the Titanic, Stead died heroically trying to help others survive the ship’s collision with an iceberg.

William Thomas Stead, dedicated in 1920, is a replica of the statue by British sculptor George James Frampton. The original is found at London’s Embankment promenade along the Thames River.

Next to the inscription are two bronze figures. The knight (left) represents Fortitude and the angel represents Sympathy. The original knight was stolen in the 1930s and replaced in 1936.