New Statue Of Quanah Parker Dedicated In West Texas

Dec 3, 2017

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A statue of Quanah Parker, the legendary Comanche chief, has been dedicated in Snyder, Texas, reports The Abilene Reporter-News.

The bronze statue was crafted by Abilene sculptor Terry Gilbreth, and it shows Parker looking out over the open prairie with a spear in his hand. The statue stands in front of the Scurry County Museum on the campus of Western Texas College. From the tip of the spear, the statue stands almost 20 feet high.

Bruce Parker, Quanah’s great-grandson, spoke about his ancestor at a dedication ceremony for the statue. Parker stressed the importance of his ancestor as a man, and not just a warrior chief.

“Quanah was a skilled statesman,” he said, noting that his great-grandfather “understood the need for a tolerance and acceptance of other cultures.”

Parker also praised Quanah for ultimately choosing peace over war.