Stop 5: Kansas and Missouri
Stop 6: Franklin and Leonard
Coming out of Liberty City Hall, head a block north to the intersection of Kansas and Missouri streets for one of the Great Americans Project statues, a life-size bronze sculpture of Mark Twain, that was unveiled in June 2016.
Head up one block north to the Clay County Archives, in the 200 block of Franklin Street, for the first installment of the Liberty Arts Commission’s sculpture program. The first piece, “Plumb Twisted” by Jacob Burmood, will remain on view through mid-July.
Stop 8: 1 Courthouse Square
Indian, and fur trader Pierre Chouteau. The middle section depicts Henry Routt leading the 1861 raid on the Liberty Arsenal. The right side of the mural shows the James Farm in 1875. Head back down Main Street toward Another 8-foot by 6-foot mural the Clay County Administration honors 19th and 20th century AfricanBuilding. During business hours, visit American pioneers. the third floor to view two murals. The Also standing vigil on the third floor 28-foot by 8-foot mural painted by is the 8-foot wooden “Statue of Justice.” Liberty native David McLain depicts This relic of Liberty’s past stood atop Clay County history, including Mahthe second Clay County Courthouse hos-kah “Chief White Cloud,” an Ioway from 1859 to 1943. focuses on integration and depicts children of all races reading, researching, playing and walking to school.
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Head west on Franklin until the road intersects with Water Street. Turn north on Water and head less than half a mile to the Garrison School Cultural Center at 502 N. Water St. If the building is open, there are art gallery spaces inside. On the grounds outside, find the Bottle Tree, created by Liberty resident Robert Evans. This 800-pound steel sculpture was unveiled in 2013. On the sides of the building, find two murals. The mural on the Water Street side features the history of education for African Americans in Liberty. “Stony the Road We Trod” is the work of Rodney “Lucky” Easterwood. On the Main Street side of the building is “Sing A Song Full of the Hope That the Present Has Brought Us.” By Kansas City artist Dan Vanderhoof, the piece
Stop 7: 502 N. Water St.
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