A Marshall landmark is back in place after missing since August due to vandalism. Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott speak with Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Stubblefield:
The Sister of Liberty statue was reinstalled at the Eastwood Street entrance to Indian Hills Park Friday morning. The eight-food, 200 pound statue was reported missing August 5th. The citizens of Marshall were outraged over the theft, and a reward fund was set up. It came to total more than $6,000.
The statue was found several weeks later in the Blackwater River. “There was quite a bit of damage to her arm, and to the torch, and the spikes on her crown where it wore off, and her head was bashed in. But the arm and the torch were the biggest concern. He had to basically do a lot of remolding.”
Beno Messer, who operates a metal shop in Slater, completed the repairs. The City did not have to dip into their funds for the repairs, as the statue was insured.
Stubblefield said plans are in the works to install security cameras, and the statue now has additional anchors that will make it much more difficult to remove.
According to the Saline County Prosecutor’s Office, charges have not been filed in the case.
The Sister of Liberty was a gift from the Boy Scouts in 1951. She was refurbished in 2011.