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Community Legends Sculpture Project

As you walk this tour you may also encounter artistic tributes to notable figures from the city's history. The Community Legends Sculpture Project is an ongoing initiative to erect 25 bronze statues honoring people who helped shape Grand Rapids. This is just a small sampling of dozens of significant sculptures and buildings lining downtown streets. Keep your eyes peeled on your journey!

  • 1.

    Stanley Ketchel

    Stanley Ketchel

    A professional middleweight boxer born in Grand Rapids in 1886.

  • 2.

    Roger B. Chaffee

    Roger B. Chaffee

    Grand Rapids' native fallen astronaut is honored in his hometown.

  • 3.

    Jay Van Andel

    Jay Van Andel

    Jay Van Andel, helped revive downtown with a variety of contributions.

  • 4.

    Chief Noonday Sculpture

    Chief Noonday Sculpture

    Chief Noonday led the Grand River Band of Ottawa Indians and had fought alongside Shawnee Chief Tecumseh

  • 5.

    Helen Claytor

    Helen Claytor

    An educator, civil rights activist, and the first African American president of the YWCA.

  • 6.

    Bishop Baraga

    Bishop Baraga

    Bishop Baraga brought Catholicism to Grand Rapids.

  • 7.

    Mayor Lyman Parks

    Mayor Lyman Parks

    Mayor Lyman Parks won an election to Grand Rapids City Commission in 1968, representing the Third Ward.

  • 8.

    William Alden Smith

    William Alden Smith

    Honoring former US Senator who chaired a committee of investigation on the sinking of the Titanic.

  • 9.

    Anna Sutherland Bissell

    Anna Sutherland Bissell

    Anna Sutherland Bissell, CEO, President and Chair of the Board for the Bissell Corporation (1846-1934)

  • 10.

    Lucius Lyon

    Lucius Lyon

    Lucius Lyon, a GR pioneer, later represented Michigan in the US House of Representatives and US Senate

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