TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A 120-person choir sang Indiana’s state song as a sculpture honoring its composer was dedicated in a city park near his Terre Haute boyhood home.
The 6-1/2 foot-tall bronze sculpture titled “A Song for Indiana” honors Paul Dresser, whose work included his 1897 composition of “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away.”
The sculpture was dedicated Wednesday in Fairbanks Park along the Wabash River that helped inspire the song.
Artist Teresa Clark of Terre Haute tells the Tribune-Star she’s excited for people to start enjoying the sculpture. She says she hopes it will help draw people to the river and lead them to learn more about Dresser.
The composer wrote numerous nationally popular songs in the late 1800s before his death at age 47 in 1906.