Kansas City Sculptures
November 30, 2011
I have never liked history in text books, but I have really learned a lot about Kansas City’s history since a friend and I discovered the Freedom Mall. It is located at 1009 W. 8th St.in Kansas City, Missouri.
“Freedom Mall” art was installed by a local sculptor Ed Hogan. Mr. Hogan created "The Exodus Family" using "scrap and wield" techniques to interpret the slave unit, as slave families were traditionally "scrapped" together from various locations on their way to freedom. His work reflects his heritage and passion for Kansas City’s history. The slaves were never taught to swim, and some were lost in the swift currents of the Missouri River in their attempts to reach the free state of Kansas.
Freedom Mall honors the slaves who escaped over the border into Kansas in the 1800s. It shows their faith, courage, and hope for a better life. When we enjoy art and learn from it, we have had a true artistic experience.
Check out the Freedom Mall as you watch for more art experiences in the area.