Statue of Liberty Replica ~ Independence, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 37° 13.633 W 095° 42.384
15S E 259889 N 4123511
Quick Description: Moved when the police station moved from city hall, to this, the Civic Center
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 2/23/2015 6:42:16 AM
Waymark Code: WMNDR9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
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Long Description:

County of statue: Montgomery County
Location of statue: Locust St., in front of Civic Center, Independence
Artist: Unknown
Artist of original: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, 1834-1904, sculptor

No text or plaques are directly on the statue or its base. A grey granite tombstone like marker in the flower bed a the rear of the statue

Granite stone text:

Dedicated Feb. 12, 1952
Boy Scouts of America
Frank Hand   Jerry Bennett
Larry Stewart   Gerald Burris

Rededication by President
Gerald R. Ford
In memory of
Gary W. Moffatt
Independence Police
Reserve unit
Assistant Coordinator
Roger Powell

Rededicated Feb. 9, 1984
Independence Police Reserve Unit
John Bennett   Gary Henderson
Bred Kendrick   Alvin Smith

Originally dedicated Feb. 17, 1952 by the Boy Scouts of American as part of the nationwide program. It was located at City Hall near the police station.

But moved to the front of the Civic Center, when the police moved their station from city hall to a location under the Civic Center.

Re-Dedication was on Feb. 9, 1984 and presided over by United States President Gerald R. Ford.

Proper description: "A female figure, representing Liberty, stands wearing a long flowing robe and a spiked crown. Her proper right hand is upraised and holds a torch, and her proper left hand cradles an inscribed tablet. Statue is mounted upon a base and set within a star-shaped planter" ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum

Remarks: "This may be one of nearly 200 small replicas of Bartholdi's Statue of Liberty (IAS record 76003645) placed around the country as part of the Boy Scouts of America's 40th anniversary (1950). According to a March 1986 Fact Sheet from the Boy Scouts of America, the idea for the project originated with Jack Whitaker, then Scout Commissioner of the Kansas City Area Council. The copper statues were manufactured by Friedley-Voshardt Co. (Chicago, IL) and purchased through the Kansas City Boy Scouts office." ~ Smithsonian American Art Museum

Where is original located?: New York harbor, New York

Where is this replica located?: Independence Memorial Hall, 410 N Penn Ave, Independence, KS

Who created the original?: Frederic Augueste Bartholdi

Internet Link about Original:

Year Original was Created (approx. ok): Built in France 1884, dedicated in New York 1886

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