Apartment Residents Want Statue Of Dr. King Fixed

CHICAGO (CBS) — Residents at a West Side apartment complex said a piece of art there could put their kids at risk.

It’s a historic statue and they’re afraid it could fall on a child, so they asked CBS 2’s Pamela Jones to help get it fixed.

It was placed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Apartments at 3220 W. Madison St. to be enjoyed as a work of art, but some who live near it say it could be dangerous.

Reginald Courtland said, “If it falls on a kid, it’s going to crush that kid.”

It’s a bronze statue molded in the image of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., depicted as an African chieftain and peacemaker.

Some art experts said it’s been sitting in a courtyard at the Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza Apartments since at least 1973.

But it now tilts and wobbles on its concrete base when touched.

“It needs to be fixed, because it needs to be mounted to the concrete,” Lucille Davis said.

When CBS 2 first visited the statue, the concrete base was chipping in spots and screws or bolts that should have helped it stay put were gone.

Residents said the base of the statue has been crumbling for a couple years.

“A couple of years, nobody’s done anything to repair it,” Courtland said. “You know, kids are going to be kids. You can tell the kids not to play on it or around it, but they’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. And they’re going to climb on it and play on it.”

One of the owners of the building said there’s actually a column that runs through the center of the statue that holds it in place.

And Wednesday night, after discussing the complaints with the owner, management placed caution tape around the statue to keep kids away.

Workers also had installed new bolts to hold it.

Residents said they’ve wanted such steps taken for the safety of the kids.

The Chicago Department of Buildings said they’re sending inspectors to the site to assess the damage to the statue.

  • free voice

    Well people get together collect money and get it fix. This we want has to stop. To many hand outs is hurting the country. If the people pay to get it fix they will take better care of statue.

    • Reality

      That would mean these folks would have to go out and find a job and actually contribute to society. That’s not how it works. They would rather sit on their front porch all day and discuss what else they should be entitled to.

  • Jean Walker

    I agree with free voice, the people should get together and collect money to get the statue fixed. I also agree with the fact that too many hand outs is hurting the country.

  • Bill

    This article has nothing to do with people receiving handouts. Not sure why people have to throw their off subject opinions into the conversation. Maybe they can’t stay focused or think that what is bouncing in their head is actually important or are just plain immature. I’m not really sure. Bottom line is the statue, if unsafe and deemed a hazard, should be fixed so as to avoid injury to a person.

    • Torrence

      @Bill, I totally agree. If these black fools want their stupid statue repaired, let them pay for it. They already get far too many handouts as it is. No tax dollars should be wasted on something so frivilous. If they don’t like it, then just simply take the stupid ass statue down. Either way, NO MORE FREE HANDOUTS!!!!!

  • Hand out Hank

    The residents of this complex should use their link cards to pay for it.

  • Parent

    Or even heres a thought(gasp) have these people supervise their kids and teach them to follow rules. STAY OFF THE STATUE!!! It is not a jungle gym or a tree, it is a tribute to a man, that most of these people should be honoring and teaching their kids to honor-not play on. But, God-forbid, these people exert any more muscles or brain cells besides those that run thier mouths!

  • Linda

    Why wasn’t this statue build to represent Dr. Martin Luther King Jr ??? He was not an African Chieftain he was a religious man who fought for Civil Rights. Why would you want to make him look like something not even close to what he was. He should be made in his likeness as all great men should be, not as a false idol.

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