The gravesite of Chief Tomo-Chi-Chi, the Yamacraw chief who offered peace and cooperation with the settlers, originally occupied the center of the square. It was marked by Savannah’s first monument, the stone pyramid that the settlers built to honor Tomo-Chi-Chi upon his death in 1739.
More than 100 years later, William W. Gordon brought immense wealth to Savannah by constructing a railroad which brought cotton to the docks and wharves of Savannah from distant plantations. Because of these contributions, the Savannahians of the time felt that he should be honored by a memorial… in Wright Square.
They then removed Tomo-Chi-Chi’s grave (some say scattering his bones all around the plot of land) and replaced it with a monument to Gordon, standing in the middle of the square today.
Later preservationists thought this erasure and oversite was unacceptable. They created a memorial of simple granite stone at the southeast corner of Wright Square dedicated to Chief Tomo-Chi-Chi, so that succeeding generations would not forget the man to whom the city owed its early safety and successes.