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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. 

Learn More About the Statue

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

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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.

Donate to the Statue Campaign

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

Meet our Statue Committee Members

Artists RFQ
Honorary Co-Chis
Our Team
Meet Donor
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