Saving Lorado Taft’s “Eternal Indian”
Lorado Taft’s 1911 statue the “Eternal Indian,” commonly known as the “Black Hawk” statue, stands overlooking the Rock River at Lowden State Park near Oregon, IL.
Unfortunately, a century of time has worn on the statue, deteriorating its condition to a point that its future is in jeopardy, placing it second on Landmarks Illinois’ 2015 most endangered list.
Update 12/1/18 ATTENTION: Donations from generous community members and businesses, in addition to matching funds from a state grant, have raised the necessary funds to repair the statue itself. The work is expected to be completed in 2019, including upgrades to the surrounding plaza and overlook.
But what about the future? How can we keep this situation from occurring again?
OREGON TOGETHER, and other friends of Lorado Taft & the Eternal Indian statue, continue to encourage donations toward a preservation fund hosted by the Illinois Conservation Foundation, an independent Not-For-Profit organization. When enough funds are established, then systematic and ongoing care can be regularly scheduled to keep similar damage and neglect from occurring in the future.
To contribute, go directly to the not-for-profit Illinois Conservation Foundation – “Saving the Eternal Indian” by clicking HERE.