Missouri Wall of Fame

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The Missouri Wall of Fame is a 500-foot (150 m) span of flood wall in downtown Cape Girardeau, Missouri, covered with a mural of 45 panels[1] depicting 46[2] or 47[3] famous people who were born in the state or achieved fame while living there. The names were chosen by "a panel of the Cape's leading citizens" and it was painted in 1995, designed by local artist Margaret Dement.

Those depicted on the wall include:[1]

Person Missouri Connection Origin of Fame
Burt Bacharach Kansas City pianist and composer
Josephine Baker St. Louis singer and dancer
Thomas Hart Benton (painter) Neosho painter, painted mural at Missouri State Capitol
Thomas Hart Benton (senator) St. Louis five term (1821-1851) United States Senator
Yogi Berra St. Louis Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees
George Caleb Bingham St. Louis artist
Susan Elizabeth Blow St. Louis founder of the first public kindergarten
Omar Bradley Clark United States Army general in World War II, last person to hold the rank of 5-star general
George Brett Kansas City Hall of Fame third baseman with the Kansas City Royals
Lou Brock St. Louis Hall of Fame outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals, former all-time leader in stolen bases
Jack Buck St. Louis long-time St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster
August Busch, Jr. St. Louis developed Anheuser-Busch into the world's largest brewery, also owned the St. Louis Cardinals
Calamity Jane Princeton frontierswoman and scout, friend of Wild Bill Hickok
Dale Carnegie Maryville writer and researcher, best known for the book How to Win Friends and Influence People
George Washington Carver Diamond inventor and researcher
Kate Chopin St. Louis author
Walter Cronkite St. Joseph long-time CBS evening news anchor
T. S. Eliot St. Louis poet, dramatist, and literary critic
Don Faurot Columbia former University of Missouri head football coach
Eugene Field St. Louis author
Redd Foxx St. Louis comedian, star of NBC hit show Sanford and Son
Joe Garagiola St. Louis Hall of Fame baseball player and baseball sportscaster
Linda M. Godwin Jackson scientist and NASA astronaut
Betty Grable St. Louis actress, singer, dancer
Jean Harlow Kansas City actress
Langston Hughes Joplin poet, novelist, and social activist
John Huston Nevada actor and film director
Jesse James and Frank James Kearney outlaws
Scott Joplin Sedalia composer and musician
Rush Limbaugh Cape Girardeau radio personality, acknowledged creator of the political radio talk-show format
Stan Musial St. Louis Hall of Fame outfielder with the St. Louis Cardinals
Marie Elizabeth Oliver Cape Girardeau creator of the Missouri state flag
Rose O'Neill Taney County illustrator and creator of the Kewpie character
James Cash Penney Hamilton retailer and founder of J.C. Penney
Marlin Perkins Carthage host of Wild Kingdom
John J. Pershing Laclede United States Army general during World War I
Vincent Price St. Louis actor known for his work in horror films
Joseph Pulitzer St. Louis newspaper publisher and creator of the Pulitzer Prize
Ginger Rogers Independence dancer
Tom Sawyer Mississippi River fictional character portrayed in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Dred Scott St. Louis slave, plaintiff in the infamous Dred Scott v. Sandford case
Jess Stacy Bird's Point swing pianist
Harry S. Truman Independence 33rd President of the United States and the only Missourian to hold the office
Porter Wagoner West Plains country musician
Laura Ingalls Wilder Mansfield author of the Little House on the Prairie series
Tennessee Williams Columbus playwright

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  1. ^ a b DeLano, Patti (2018). Missouri Off the Beaten Path: Discover Your Fun. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 44–45. ISBN 9781493031177. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  2. ^ Chafets, Ze'ev (2010). Rush Limbaugh: An Army of One. Penguin. ISBN 9781101434567.
  3. ^ "Murals". Visit Cape. Retrieved 18 July 2018.