FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2018
Contact: Marshanna Hester
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony in celebration of its newest community project, the “Monument To Freedom, Justice & Courage.” The Monument, located in Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park, will honor those who are making or have made significant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in Jackson County.
Community members, local officials and media are invited to join us as the monument is unveiled and the first 100 honorees are recognized.
What: Monument To Freedom, Justice & Courage
Ribbon Cutting and Recognition Ceremony
When: Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 a.m.
Where: Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park
31st and Benton, KCMO
Who: Community members of all levels
Construction of the “Monument To Freedom, Justice & Courage” began in April and is made up of brick and polished concrete blocks. It contains two sections, each eight feet high and 33 feet long, creating a half-circle around the Leon Jordan Statue.
Each monument segment contains space for 500 memorial plaques, for a total of 1,000 honorees. Each year for the next 10 years, 100 individuals will be selected to be added to the Monument as directed by the Jackson County Freedom Wall Commission, which was established in 2014.
The “Monument To Freedom, Justice & Courage” was designed by Bruce Wilke, Jackson County Parks + Rec Landscape Architect, Ajamu K. Webster, CEO & Founder of DuBois Consultants of Kansas City and project engineer Nevene Fanous. The project was constructed by NW Rogers Construction of Blue Springs.
About Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park
The Leon M. Jordan Memorial Park honors the life and legacy of Leon Jordan, a Kansas City police officer, politician and civil rights leader who co-founded Freedom Inc. Following his murder on July 15, 1970, Jackson County broke ground on the corner property at 31st and Benton for the park on August 5, 1972. Additional land was acquired a year later, leading up to the dedication of the Leon Jordan Memorial Statue on May 17, 1975.
The cast bronze statue is seven feet tall and weighs approximately 700 pounds. It was designed and built by Bobby Scroggins, a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. Today, he is an art professor at the University of Kentucky.
The statue is believed to be the first public monument erected to an African-American leader in the state of Missouri, and also the first public monument to be designed and constructed by an African-American artist in Missouri.