Sculpture dedicated to Indiana state song composer

Sculptor Teresa Clark stands by her bronze work "A Song For Indiana" that was dedicated Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 in Terre Haute Ind. The sculpture features a relief of Terre Haute native Paul Dresser along with lines of music and some words from his song. Words in ""On the Banks of the Wabash (Far Away)" the Indiana state song, are also reflected in some of the artwork worked into the piece. (AP Photo/Tribune-Star, Jim Avelis)

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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