Rededication of Dr. Martin Luther King statue in Fountain Park Wednesday

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Fountain Park Dr. Martin Luther King Statue Alderman Terry Kennedy

18th Ward Alderman Terry Kennedy has invited neighbors to attend the rededication of Dr. Martin Luther King’s statue at the west end of Fountain Park, two blocks north of Delmar, on Wednesday, September 5, at 6 p.m.

The Fountain Park Neighborhood Association asked to have the statue cleaned and repaired in honor of the 40th anniversary of its installation in May, 1978.  According to an article in STL Today, the bronze statue, sculpted by Rudolph Torrini in 1977, was restored by Tony Rocca of AKT Studios. As the statue was being removed this July, concerned neighbors asked Rocca, “Where are you taking Martin?”

Nicki's Central West End Guide Art & Architecture Events, Sightings  Fountain Park Dr. Martin Luther King Statue Alderman Terry Kennedy

The statue has now been returned to its home in beautiful Fountain Park where it remains under wrap until the rededication ceremony this Wednesday.

In case of rain, activities will be held in Centennial Church, located at 4950 Fountain Avenue, directly across from the Dr. King statue.

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    Troy Spencer

    September 5, 2018

    Yes i was one that had ask where. The statue was going and taking pictures as they was taking it down from its resting place. Retired Community leader past. President blook unit 1605 Pastor Troy Spencer and present President of National Night Out. Fountain Park 2014- 2018
    October 5 2018 (Saturday) 12 to 6 p m

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    Maria torrini

    January 15, 2019

    Thank you for the amazing job done to refurbish my father’s monument. I remember helping dad in his studio and both smiling at the thought that this monument would be for all. He was proud to create something that could bring comfort and peace, respect to so many. His family shares in his beliefs, is proud to have our family name on something so special to so many. If dad was here (He died Sept. 5), he would say thank you . We say thank you too.

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      nickisbuzz

      January 15, 2019

      Thank you so much for this wonderful letter. I know the community will be so interested in this thoughtful note. Nicki

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