Father Marquette Statue

 Father Marquette looking over the Lower Harbor Ore Dock. Photo courtesy of Keith Glendon.

Father Marquette looking over the Lower Harbor Ore Dock. Photo courtesy of Keith Glendon.

Honoring Father Jacques Marquette


The restoration of the Father Marquette Statue and beautification of the park is an on-going project for the MBRC.

We are preserving our historic legacy for the future.  This project, sponsored by the Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee, and supported by the City of Marquette, honors the memory of Father Jacques Marquette, the namesake of our city and county.

Project funds will restore and preserve the Father Marquette bronze monument, enhance and help maintain the park, and make it ADA accessible. A garden dedicated to our former president Tami Dawidowski, who was instrumental to this project, will be established in the park to honor her memory.

Preservation & Restoration Plan

  • 2013 Repaired the reliefs

  • 2013 Repaired the base 

  • Add lighting and landscaping

  • Add handicap accessibility

  • Fund long-term maintenance

  • Establish and maintain "Tami's Garden"

Statue Facts

The Father Marquette Statue was dedicated on July 15, 1897, gifted to the city of Marquette from Peter White. The brass statue was sculpted in Florence, Italy by the renowned sculptor Gaetano Trentanove. This statue is one of two replicas created by Trentanove, the other stands in Statuary Hall in Washington, DC, and is considered to be one of the finest sculptures in the national collection. Trentanove made two trips to Marquette during the creation of our statue. Weighing 1 1/2 tons, the cast bronze statue cost $6000, and was originally situated near the original Waterworks Plant at the southeast end of East Ridge Street. It was moved in 1913 to its current location in the Father Marquette Park.

For more information and donations, contact Emily Lewis at 906-226-9618.

Kimberly Aisthorpe