The David R. Francis Memorial

Read the Article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Joe Holleman writes about the progress of statue.


The David R. Francis Memorial was created to honor the many contributions of David R. Francis, including his donation of sixty acres in 1916 that is now Francis Park.

The first goal of the DRF Committee was to raise funds to erect a statue of David R. Francis. That initiative was started in early 2016, and was completed in mid-2017. The 7′ bronze statue was made by world famous sculptor, Harry Weber.

The second goal of the committee is to place bronze plaques embedded in the sidewalks at the four corners of Francis Park. Each plaque will describe a major accomplishment of David R. Francis.

In addition to the second goal, donations will be used to maintain the statue, and the surrounding landscape.

The Sculptor

Harry Weber is an internationally known and recognized sculptor. His works include most of the sculptures around Busch Stadium, the Dred Scott sculpture at the Old Court House, the Bull & Bear at Stifel Financial, and many others in the St. Louis Region. For additional information about Harry, please visit The photo shows Harry Weber at work on the rendering of the David R. Francis Memorial statue.

DRF Statue Progress, Harry Weber


In addition to honoring David R. Francis’ donation of what now is Francis Park, donors will be memorialized for contributions as little as $250.

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