Pioneer Memorial (Freeman Pioneer Memorial)

Located in front of the Children's Museum, 200 South Sixth Avenue.

This is the oldest piece of public art in Tucson. It is a semicircular onyx seat with an Arizona marble back rest carved in relief. It was designed by Bernard Maybeck (1862-1957) and sculpted by Beniamino Buffano (1888-1970). Donated by Merrill Pingree Freeman, opens a new window, a Tucson banker, the sculpture was installed in 1920.

The inscription on the Memorial reads: "To the memory of those pioneers of Arizona who have given their lives that we may live in peace and unafraid in this sunkist borderland."


Guide to Public Art in Tucson. [Tucson, Ariz.] : Tucson/Pima Arts Council, c1987. Page 15. 

Arizona, the Grand Canyon State: a state guide. 4th completely rev. Ed. New York: Hastings House.1956, Page 259.

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