The Miles Davis Memorial Committee will unveil a sculpture of world-renowned jazz musician, Miles Davis, at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, on West Third Street in downtown Alton. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m.
ALTON — The deadline for purchasing memorial bricks and granite blocks for the Miles Davis memorial statue in downtown Alton has been extended until Thursday, March 19, because of interest generated by a recent ad campaign.
The Miles Davis Memorial Project Committee says it doesn’t want to leave anyone out who wishes to be part of this project. The group is planning a life-size statue in Davis’ honor on West Third Street. Davis was born in Alton in 1926 in a house at 1112 Milnor St.
An interview is scheduled this week with Charlie Brennan on KMOX to make an appeal to musicians and jazz fans in the St. Louis area who may not be aware of the project.
There are several memorial bricks ($75) still available for etching, but only 23 of the 12-by-12-inch granite blocks ($400). There has been a lot of creativity in designing the blocks and it is the committee’s goal that there be no blank blocks on the plaza. The blocks can be etched with business logos, musical designs or short quotes. The blocks have more space available for multiple family names and make great gifts. However, space is limited and designs must be approved.
In a press release, the project organizers thanked the community for having the foresight to honor the arts and the legacy of a world-renowned musician and for being part of the beautification project in Alton’s Downtown historic district. Fundraising continues to ensure project completion with quality results.
To order a brick or granite block, call the office of Pride Inc. at (618) 467-2375 or go online at www.prideincorporated.org and click on Miles Davis. Credit card payment is accepted. Orders must be received no later than Thursday, March 19, in order for the etching to be completed in time for site construction. Cash donations also will be accepted.