Great people often come from humble beginnings and Independence has been home to some of the greatest. Our favorite hometown hero is acclaimed American playwright, William Inge. The Pulitzer Prize winner was raised in a house just a few blocks from Riverside Park and credited his small-town roots for teaching him the nuances of human behavior. Inge's boyhood home is maintained by the William Inge Center for the Arts which for the last 33 years has hosted the William Inge Theater Festival. The Festival brings together local theater talent as well as some of the most acclaimed Broadway performers and playwrights into a four day event chock full of live performances, workshops and discussion panels - and quite a bit of excitement for our little mid-western town! More information on the festival and all the Center has to offer can be found at http://ingecenter.org/
To honor this Independence treasure, the estate of late English teacher Lucille Gibson Thompson commissioned four one of a kind bronze sculptures depicting Inge as well as three of his most notable plays. These beautiful works of art were placed around Logan fountain and were unveiled during the William Inge Festival in the spring of 2014. We know that, like ourselves, you will agree with Ms.Thompson's estate in realizing the value in helping us restore our little slice of Americana for our many visitors to enjoy.
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