Statue of Liberty - Kansas City
Owner: Kansas City Parks & Recreation Department
Artist: Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (original Statue of Liberty), Friedley-Voshardt Co. (manufacturer of replica)
Dates: Dedicated November 20, 1949
Medium: Copper (sculpture), stone (pedestal and base)
This scale-size replica of the Statue of Liberty was presented by a nationally sponsored Boy Scout program which gave out 206 of these monuments to various cities across the country as part of the Boy Scouts of America's 40th Anniversary (1950). The idea for the program originated with Jack Whitaker, then Scout Commissioner of the Kansas City Area Council. The copper statues were manufactured by Friedley-Voshardt Co. and purchased through the Kansas City Boy Scouts office.
This replica is at the intersection of Meyer Boulevard and Prospect Avenue, near U.S. Highway 71. The statue faces west and stands atop a stone pedestal. The pedestal sits in a flower bed surrounded by a stone base in the shape of an eleven-pointed star. Another flower bed, approximately 14 feet in diameter, surrounds the base.