Question - how can a solid, presumably very heavy statue get around town so much? Wait, it gets better - it's been run over & even blown up two times. Do you know the story about the travels of this statue? Let me tell you.
The statue initially was created in memory of the policemen killed in the violence of the 1886 Haymarket Riot. The funds for the statue was raised by members of the Union League Club of Chicago.
The first incident happened on May 4th, 1927. A streetcar jumped its tracks and crashed into it. The driver said he was sick of seeing that policeman with his arm raised. The city fixed the statue and moved it to Union Park the next year.
The Kennedy was built in the 1950's and the statue got moved over to the original Haymarket Square area overlooking the new expressway. In October 1969 the statue was destroyed by a bomb. The Weathermen took credit for this. By May the next year the statue was rebuilt and set back on its base. Five months later, it was blown up again by the Weathermen.
You'd think the city would give up but did they? No way. Mayor Daley had it rebuilt now for the third time and placed in the lobby of Police Headquarters. Four years later for some reason he was moved to the courtyard of the Chicago Police Academy. When the new Chicago Police Headquarters was built at 35th and South Michigan Avenue, there was the statue outside the building. It seems to be living a very quiet life there...so far.
Marilyn K Kelly
1/21/2016 12:34:25 pm
As the relative of two slain Chicago Police Officers, I am glad the city did not give up on this statue. I hope it's message of peace will someday come true.
Yes, we need peace especially now. Thank you Marilyn.
1/21/2016 01:43:27 pm
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