David Woods Kemper Memorial Fountain | Kansas City Fountains

David Woods Kemper Memorial Fountain

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    Between 8th & 9th St. on Main St.

    Muse of Missouri

     

    Artist/Designer: Wheeler Williams

    Dedicated: December 2, 1962

    Description: Also called the “Muse of the Missouri”

    Mr. and Mrs. James Kemper, Sr. of a prominent Kansas City banking family presented this memorial to the city in honor of their son, Lt. David W. Kemper, who was killed in action in Italy during World War II.

     

     

    The following words are inscribed on the granite tablet:

    Muse of the Missouri

    Dedicated

    December 2, 1963

    In memory of

    David Woods Kemper

    Well beloved

    Who died defending his

    Country

    The bronze nude depicts the Greek goddess who presided over song, poetry and many arts and sciences.  The statuary represents the Spirit of the Missouri River.  The Muse holds a net from which fish are spilling.  Two hundred sprouts of water form pools in this fountain.

    Included with the sculpture is a bronze plaque containing the following:

    THE MUSE OF THE MISSOURI

    By Wheeler Williams NA

    This fountain presented to the Citizens of Kansas City in memory of Lt. David Woods Kemper who was killed in action leading his platoon against the German forces in World War II.

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