Mohammed Shriners Statue - Bartonville, IL
Posted by: NorStar
N 40° 38.287 W 089° 39.618
16T E 275033 N 4501988
Quick Description: This statue at the local Shriners Headquarters is dedicated to the cause of the philanthropy to help kids, written in the faces of the Shriner and the little girl he carries.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 12/27/2013 6:03:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMJT2F
In Bartonville, along Pfeiffer Road is the local headquarters for the Mohammed Shriners of Peoria, which has a statue outside of a Shriner carrying a little girl in one hand and a crutch in the other.
The statue is easily visible from the road. It is just east of the old Bartonville/Peoria Insane Asylum, a 4 1/2 story stone structure currently unoccupied.
The bronze statue is roughly life-sized and is set on a four-sided concrete pedestal. The man is in the formal Shriner costume complete with a fez, a tie, a jacket and pants with designs on them. The girl is in a dress. Note that her feet and legs have braces on them. The crutch is carried by the Shriner.
In the front is a plaque with the following:
Editorial without Words
This statue shows the world what Shriners are all about. The entire story of our philanthropy is shown in the faces of the Shriner and the Little Girl he carries.
Shriners...Having Fun & Helping Kids.
John H. Hartwig, Jr. Potentate December 23, 2005"
The statue is surrounded by a brick plaza of engraved bricks. From a large stone in the plaza, the plaza appears to have been added in 2009.
The Shriners, the more well-known branch of Freemasonry, is dedicated to helping kids by running several hospitals across the country. There are orhopedic hospitals as well as burn hospitals. They are provided to children at no charge to the family. How do they pay for the operations? Among many things, they have units that appear at parades and other festivities as clowns, marching bands, motorcycle units, or even minute men. They work hard but have a lot of fun doing it, knowing that they are doing it for a great cause.
If you are there long enough, you might have a staff person come out for a chat. We did!
Name: Shriners... Having Fun & Helping Kids
Figure Type: Human
Artist Name: Not known
Date created or placed: 12/23/2005
Materials used: Bronze statue, concrete base
Location: Near the entrance to the Shriners Headquarters. Visible from Pfeiffer Road
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