Mother Jones Chicago Statue Campaign
We Did It! Mother Jones Sculpture/Statue to be Located at Chicago's Iconic Water Tower
Chicago's Water Tower is the most iconic old Chicago site in the city, and one of the most visited. Yet the park around it is small, intimate.
It's taken us a long time to get here. We started fundraising with only a proposed location, and you had faith that we would come through. We accomplished this by organizing.
The protests over statues and memorials in the city put new policies into place through the Chicago Monuments Project. We had to revise our tentative agreements with the city. One element was agreeing to a new vetting process for artists to submit proposals.
The official name of the project is Mother Jones: "We Shall Rise". The completion of the project will be a joint effort of the MJHP and the Chicago Monuments Project.
Why A Mother Jones Chicago Statue
The government of Ireland seeded this project with $36,000 grant.
We need to raise a total of $200,000. Please give generously
Imagine, "Let's meet at the Mother Jones statue!"
There are hardly any sculptures of women historical figures in the city of Chicago.
Let's put this iconic Irish immigrant refugee and founder of the American labor movement--the Mother of the working class--on a statue in the city she called home.
Make a Tax Deductible Donation to the Statue Campaign
We are a 501-c-3, so your donation is charitable.
We have raised $160,000 as of 6/20/2023.
Target amount: $200,000
Meet our Donors
send checks to: Mother Jones Statue Fund,
630 Joanne Lane, Dekalb, Illinois 60115
Artists Request for Qualifications
In conjunction with the City of Chicago we have issued a call for artists' submission for this major commission. It is downloadable, or you can scroll through it here and then visit their site for more information. Update: We have selected 6 artists to submit proposed renderings. We will post those selections here by July 1, 2023.
Checks: Mother Jones Statue Fund, Wintrust Bank, 4343 W. Peterson Avenue, Chicago IL 60646
Checks with correspondence: send to Mother Jones Statue Fund, 630 Joanne Lane, DeKalb, Illinois, 60115.
Meet our Honorary Co-Chairs
Geraldine Byrne Nason, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States
Cecil Roberts, President of the United Mine Workers of America
Sarah Nelson, President, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA