Iowa Artist Paints Delaware County Freedom Rock

Delaware County now has a Freedom Rock.

Iowa artist Ray “Bubba” Sorenson has spent the past few years traveling the state and painting a patriotic mural on a large boulder in each county. He says it all started with his original Freedom Rock in his home area of southwest Iowa in 1999.

After Sorenson and his wife started a mural painting and photography business, he kicked around the idea of doing a tour.

And #84 is located in Delaware County in Dundee, on the northwest side of the city park. Dundee was the first town in the county to jump at the chance to have a Freedom Rock – they’ve been raising funds for the project for the past four years. And they spent time brainstorming ideas for the Freedom Rock’s design.

Sorenson spent just over a week painting the Freedom Rock. He arrived in Dundee last Tuesday, August 20th and was putting on the finishing touches when KMCH News Director Janelle Tucker visited with him on Thursday, August 29th. He still needed to finish painting a map of Delaware County in the white square seen in the photo below.

As they were in Dundee on Thursday, an older veteran from Texas who had been visiting Dyersville and heard about Sorenson’s stop in Dundee came to say “hi” and shake his hand, thanking him profusely for his dedication in creating these tributes to our veterans.

Dundee is planning to hold a dedication for the new Delaware County Freedom Rock once the landscaping around the rock is finished.

Meanwhile, Sorenson is on to his next project in Washington State before returning back to Iowa to continue to Freedom Rock tour. There are fifteen counties to go – mostly here in eastern Iowa. He says once the 99th county is done, he’s thinking about doing a “bonus” 100th Freedom Rock somewhere in the state – giving towns a chance to bid on being the host community and then donating the proceeds to charity.



photos courtesy of Janelle Tucker/KMCH