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Korczak Ziolkowski Remembrance Day
Crazy Horse Memorial

CRAZY HORSE, S.D. – Crazy Horse Memorial honored the passing of its original sculptor, Korczak Ziolkowski, with its annual Remembrance Day on Sunday, October 20, 2019. Visitors walked from the Welcome Center complex to the tomb area located near the base of the Mountain Carving from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 

Remembrance Day is the one time each year visitors are invited to walk to the tomb of Ziolkowski. There, visitors can pay respects to him; his wife, Ruth; daughters, Anne and Dawn; and his son-in-law, James Howe, all laid to rest at the family cemetery.

Ziolkowski worked on the project of Crazy Horse Memorial from 1947, the year of his arrival to the Black Hills, until his death, October 20, 1982, at the age of 74. During his nearly 36 years of working on the Mountain, Ziolkowski refused to take any salary. He is buried in the tomb he and his sons blasted from a rock outcropping at the base of the mountain. Ziolkowski wrote his own epitaph for the tomb door and cut the letters needed from a steel plate. The epitaph reads, “KORCZAK Storyteller in Stone, May His Remains Be Left Unknown.”

Crazy Horse Memorial offers historical and contemporary information about Native American life at The Indian Museum of North America® and The Native American Educational and Cultural Center®. The Mountain Carving Room provides an up-to-date film about the Mountain crew and their progress throughout the summer. Korczak and Ruth’s Studio-Home and Workshop houses sculptures, artwork, and antiques belonging to the Ziolkowski family. Crazy Horse Memorial also offers dining at Laughing Water Restaurant and a Snack Shop. The Gift Shop features exclusive Crazy Horse and Native American handmade gifts.

Crazy Horse Memorial is located at 12151 Avenue of the Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730. For more information visit

or call 605-673-4681

in photo Korczak and Ruth


About Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation’s mission is to honor, protect, and preserve the culture, traditions, and living heritage of the American Indians of North America. The Memorial fulfills its mission by continuing the progress on the world’s largest mountain sculpture, acting as a repository for Native American artifacts, arts and crafts through THE INDIAN MUSEUM OF NORTH AMERICA® and THE NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL & CULTURAL CENTER®; by establishing and operating THE INDIAN UNIVERSITY OF NORTH AMERICA®, and when practical, a medical training center for American Indians.