FRIENDS OF FREEDOM MONUMENT 

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Platform Art, Inc. and the Florida Veterans Council are producing a monument to recognize the Spanish-American War and Lakeland’s unique role within it. The Friends of Freedom monument, a bronze sculpture with a base faceted in high-relief visual narrative scenes, will stand in Veterans’ Memorial Park when complete.

THOSE MEN THAT CAME BEFORE

Directed by Kevin O'Brien

A PlatformArt Production

The Spanish-American War is the only military conflict not yet recognized in the park. There are few monuments to the war anywhere in the country, and fewer still to the Buffalo Soldiers who led the successful American campaign for the Cuban War for Independence. But Lakeland lays claim to a piece of this overlooked history, as hundreds of soldiers were stationed here on their way to Cuba.

 

Artist Becky Ault of Art Research Enterprises, Inc. has drafted sketches and created a remarkable sculpted model for the monument’s design. The panel scenes of the bronze pedestal monument will be designed by Polk County high school student artists, a Platform Art signature public art program. We are committed to giving young artists unique opportunities to participate in design concepts for public art pieces through workshops and critiques with professional artists. The young artists, whose designs are selected for the public art work, will interact directly with Ault and her team of professional artists during the fabrication process at her studio, learning clay sculpting and bronze techniques.

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OUR SPONSERS

PRESIDENT'S SOCIETY ($10,000)

Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation

Chapter's Health Foundation

Lakeland Community Redevelopment Agency

National Endowment for the Arts

Sally & Tom Petcoff  

State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

PATRON ($2,500)

American Legion, Post 4

Hilda Sutton & William D. Blanton Charitable Foundation

Marie & Mike Cunningham

Glenn W. & Hazelle Paxson Morrison 

Paxson Morrison Foundation, Inc.

GOLD LEVEL ($1500. Incl $1k)

Kathy Abels

Bell-Barnett Family Fund

Buffalo Soldiers Florida, Inc.  

A gift from Daniel G. Land in memory of

Virginia May Herndon

NAACP, Lakeland 

National Association of Daughters of the Revolution, Lakeland

NABVETS CFC

United Daughters of the Confederacy

Annie H. Darracott, Chapter 791

Margaret Anne Wheeler

SILVER LEVEL ($500)

Art Design Group

BSMC, Orlando

BSMC, Tallahassee

Rita & Don Selvage

Deb & David Misch

Ann & Steve Moore

Elise & Philip Mowry

FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE ($100)

Arthur Battles 

Cynthia Haffey

Terry Coney

Sarah McKay

Sheila Phelps 

Richard Wilder

PATRIOT'S BRIGADE ($50)

Stevie Buck 

McDuffey

Bonnie Franks 

Windy Keene 

Patrick Mims

Bruce Sanford 

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