Eyewitness

Time capsule: Memorial to slain Salvatore Grisafe unveiled

The Star

Originally published April 22, 1968

The Salvatore Grisafe Memorial Plaza was presented to the city by the Kansas City Junior Chamber of Commerce. The memorial, at Truman Road and the Paseo, bears the name of a 17-year-old youth who was shot to death April 19, 1964, while attempting to prevent an assault of two women. The boy’s mother, Mrs. Sam Grisafe, and Jac. T. Bowen, memorial designer, unveiled the sculpture. At the ceremony, two Junior Chamber Outstanding Citizen awards were presented to the families of Grisafe and Primitivo Garcia, a Mexican immigrant who died defending his teacher against a gang of thugs, in memoriam of “their sons’ contributions to humanity.”

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