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Quanah Parker sculpture unveiled at Amarillo airport

Video: Quanah Parker sculpture unveiled at Amarillo airport
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 4:10 PM CDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 6:41 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - A bust of Comanche Chief Quanah Parker at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport was unveiled Wednesday morning.

The sculpture of Quanah Parker was donated to the city of Amarillo by King Hill, and the historical figure will be a permanent part at the airport.

Jack Hill created the bust and was well-known in Amarillo for his artistry in capturing images of the Texas Panhandle.

Quanah Parker is a national legend who was the last chief of the Comanche nation and is a major historical figure in the foundation of the Golden Spread.

Descendants of Quanah Parker, city officials and King Hill, the son of artist Jack Hill, attended the event.

“History is not just about the past. History is about the future,” said King Hill. “I want future generations coming to the airport, coming to the museum, coming to the musical drama Texas and seeing my father’s work of Quanah, so the story of Quanah Parker will live on.”

King Hill spoke to the importance of the donated Parker bust.

“As visitors come to Amarillo, they’ll get a taste of the old west, they’ll get a taste of the importance of Native Americans,” he said.

Nancy Boles, the great-granddaughter of Quanah Parker, commented on his legacy.

“Showing people that you can live in peace with your enemies, because once every white man was an enemy,” Boles said. “But he lived in peace with them, he prospered in business with them, it’s a fantastic example to follow.”

The bust can be located at the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport in the center corridor, adjacent to the airline ticket counters, on the second floor of the terminal building.

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