Spirit of Freedom Fountain Erected in Honor of Bruce R. Watkins
July 13, 2008
Spirit of Freedom Fountain
Cleveland Avenue and Brush Creek Boulevard
Date Erected: 1981
Description: In 1977, City Councilman Bruce R. Watkins organized the Spirit of Freedom Fountain to develop a monument to the contributions of the black people in Kansas City. Richard Hunt, a black Chicago Sculptor, presented an abstract model to reflect the symbolic nature of the subject. He also noted that it was in keeping with the improvisational aspects of Kansas City Jazz. The fountain was dedicated in 1981 exactly one year after Watkins’ death.
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