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Memorial Union Memorial Union: The Transcendent Tower

Signs, Symbols, and Seals: The Sculpture of Memorial Tower

The Great Seal of Missouri

Judge and Congressman Robert William Wells designed the Great Seal of Missouri in the early 1820s. The banners are inscribed with the phrase "United We Stand, Divided We Fall,” which symbolizes Missouri’s entry into the United States as the 24th state. Standing on the ground next to native foliage, heraldic bears hold a shield decorated with state and national imagery. The crescent moon represents Missouri at the time of the seal’s creation—a state with little wealth and a small population, both of which would grow like a crescent moon. The grizzly bear on all four paws represents the state’s strength and its citizens’ bravery. The U. S. Coat of Arms adorns the right side of the shield.

The Great Seal of Missouri

The Great Seal of Missouri


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History of Memorial Tower

Making the Memorial

In Memoriam

Signs, Symbols, and Seals: The Sculpture of Memorial Tower

Figured in Stone: The Arcade Sculptures of Memorial Tower

Tradition: Tipping the Cap


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