Southernmost Point Statue to Honor Albert Kee
Visitors to the Southernmost Point will soon be able to have their photo taken with a life-sized statue of the late Bishop Albert Kee, considered by many to be the city’s unofficial ambassador.
The Key West City Commission has tasked the Art in Public Places Board with development of the project, which will cost upwards of $30,000.
Kee’s family requested that the statue design reflect his friendly personality, said Key West City Commissioner Carmen Turner. “They suggested that we show him doing one of the things he enjoyed most. He loved waving at our visitors and he loved blowing his conch shell.”
Turner also remembered Kee for his spiritual contribution to the people of the City of Key West. “The doors of his church were always wide open in welcome, and he was always willing to perform his clergy duties for those in need. Our community certainly feels his loss.”
Community donations and grant funds will be used to fund the project. Turner encouraged those who knew and appreciated Kee to contribute generously. “He was a great man, one who brightened the day of anyone who was fortunate enough to meet him,” she said. “Visitors and residents alike enjoyed his warmth and friendly smile.”
Contributions can be made to the City of Key West – Bishop Albert Kee Fund, and mailed in care of Jay Gewin in the Mayor & Commissioners’ Office, Post Office Box 1409, Key West, Florida 33041-1409.
Questions can be directed to Commissioner Carmen Turner at 305-292-4634 or via e-mail at CarmenTurn@aol.com, or to Jay Gewin at 305-292-8252 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.