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A reproduction of the Statue of Liberty in the small wedge of a park immediately south of the capitol building in Jefferson City (view south).

The plaque:

With the faith and courage of their forefathers who made possible the freedom of these United States

the Boy Scouts of America

dedicate this replica of the Statue of Liberty as a pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty

40th anniversary crusade

to strenghthen the arm of liberty

1950

Little Sisters of Liberty

…Between 1949 and 1952, in town after town across America, similar celebrations took place as Scouts dedicated more than 200 of the copper “Little Sisters of Liberty.”

The statues were located on capitol grounds, courthouse lawns, and main streets; in city parks, schoolyards, and libraries; and at Scout camps – all as part of Scouting’s 40th anniversary theme, “Strengthen the Arm of Liberty.”

Jack P. Whitaker, a Kansas City businessman and commissioner for the local Boy Scout council, originated the project after seeing a dedication of a Statue of Liberty replica made of chicken wire and concrete in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

Whitaker paid $3,500 to have an original mold made for the smaller Statues of Liberty. Then the Friedley-Voshardt Company in Chicago made the stamped-copper replicas. Each statue included more than 40 sheets of copper, about the thickness of a nickel, with a wooden frame on the inside.

The statues were then sold for a reported $300 to $350 each to Scout troops, who presented them to cities and towns in 39 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Canal Zone, and the Philippines…