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Oct
01

Chicago Monuments Project Says “REMOVE ‘The Marquette Jolliet Illini Memorial'”

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REMOVE   IT!

A RED “X” and scribbles mark the decision to remove this monumental piece funded a century ago by the Benjamin Franklin Ferguson Monument Fund to adorn Chicago boulevard and green-ways with historic statuary.

The Chicago Monuments Project says REMOVE   IT!

So, we have “X-ed” out the Marquette Jolliet Illini sculpture from our photo posed in 2010.

After gracing the Douglas Park neighborhood for nearly a century, this sculpture by Hermon A. MacNeil is judged to deserve the

“aXe.” 

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Axeually, it may get:

  1. Removal,
  2. Storage, and possibly
  3. Lending or Donation to a private venue.

The Report of the Chicago Monuments Project reads, in part:

“Jacques Marquette-Louis Jolliet Memorial”

» The sculpture reinforces stereotypes
about American Indians and glorifies
a complicated and painful history of Western expansion. It features a cowering American Indian, following submissively in the footsteps of Marquette

Recommended Next Steps

  • »  The artwork should be placed in storage

  • »  The city should initiate a conversation with the Marshall Square community, where the artwork is located, to study options for the development of new public art at the site

  • »  Agencies may also consider the long- term loan or donation of this artwork to a private organization

    MacNeil’s depiction of Marquette has the priest with an inviting open right hand and raising a cross above his heart.

Since 1926 this work has graced the bend of Marshall Boulevard and 24th Boulevard. 

 

 

 

 

 

VISITING THE MONUMENT

While it is still standing, the monument can be reached by:

Driving south down through Douglas Park on Sacramento Blvd to Marshall Blvd as it becomes West 24th Blvd. There you can find the 1925 bronze grouping of Pere Marquette, Louis Jolliete, and an Illinois Indian that faces the greenway of the boulevard. 

The monument stands on a six-foot (6′) base with bronze groupings almost twelve feet (12′) tall.  It’s removal will not be an easy extraction

Chicagoans approaching the Monument along Marshall and 24th Avenue Boulevards are greeted by the Jesuit’s open hand.

 

 

 

FYI:  MORE Discussion~ will come!

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Comments

  1. Ruth, Thank You.
    I plan to add some history of the monument and communicate that here and to the CMP.
    You have devoted your website and academic career to the study and teaching on Marquette.
    MacNeil devoted much of his career to making courageous, brave, respectful, accurate sculptures of Native American subjects.
    IN FUTURE POSTS, I will provide links that show EXAMPLES OF HIS WORK AND ABIDING INTEREST IN NATIVE CULTURE AS HE EXPERIENCED IT THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE.
    Daniel Neil Leininger
    Webmaster, HermonAtkinsMacNeil.com

  2. Ruth D. Nelson says:

    I’m very sorry to see this — if they knew the history of Marquette and Joliet, and even of the statue itself, they would not have made this decision. Thank you for posting, although it makes me very sad. Ruth

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