Reverend John Wesley Williams


Location: The Paseo and E Truman Road, Kansas City, MO

Owner: KCMO Parks & Recreation Department

Artist: Tom Corbin

Dates: Cast 1990, Dedicated August 21, 1991

Medium: Bronze (sculpture), granite and limestone (base)

Description:

The statue was commissioned by the City of Kansas City to memorialize Dr. John Wesley Williams, pastor of St. Stephen Baptist Church in Kansas City and a national religious and civil rights leader. The seven-foot tall statue depicts Reverend Williams wearing a suit and tie standing atop a base made of granite and limestone. Kansas City artist Tom Corbin was selected in a national competition to sculpt the statue. Reverend Williams' widow was so moved by Corbin's clay bust of her husband that was submitted for the competition that Corbin's selection was unanimous.

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The City of Fountains Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the conservation of the historic fountains and sculptures in the Kansas City area. 

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