May 3 blast salutes Crazy Horse sculptor
Crazy Horse Memorial mountain carvers triggered a 600-ton blast at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 3, to salute sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski.
The “Korczak Day” event recalled his arrival in the Black Hills 65 years ago. Korczak moved from West Hartford, Connecticut on May 3, 1947, to accept the invitation of Chief Henry Standing Bear and other Lakota elders who wanted a mountain monument to honor North American Indian people.
The South Dakota Legislature established May 3 as “Korczak Day” statewide to remember the sculptor, who died unexpectedly at age 74 on Oct. 20, 1982.
For more on the commemorative blast, see the KOTA Territory News story.
The next scheduled blast, weather permitting, will be at 11 a.m. Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.