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Joplin in Jasper County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Butterfly People

 
 
The Butterfly People Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 27, 2017
1. The Butterfly People Marker
Inscription.

As the tornado lifted, the stories began... stories of butterflies, butterfly people or angels that protected children from the storm. The stories were many and miraculous but very believable when set against the backdrop of the physical devastation caused by the storm.

The stories spread rapidly and gave people peace and hope to a community so badly hurt. While there were many different accounts, the following three are representative of the miracle that happened on May 22, 2011.

A father laid on top of his daughter in the yard grasping at the grass to keep them both down. His shoes were pulled from his feet but when the storm lifted and they were both unharmed, his daughter simply said "Daddy, it was OK, a butterfly was holding us down."

A young girl was lifted into the air by the storm, but a butterfly quickly wrapped its wings around her and brought her safely to the ground.

Without a scratch, a child in a car seat emerged from a car filled with glass and debris. When safe from the wreckage, the child described a butterfly wrapping its wings around him, protecting and making him feel safe.
 
Erected by TKF Foundation and the City of Joplin.
 
Location. 37° 3.834′ N, 94° 31.805′ W. Marker

Survivor Quotes and Butterfly People Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Survivor Quotes and Butterfly People Markers
is in Joplin, Missouri, in Jasper County. Marker is on Maiden Lane north of 26th Street/Gabby Street Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is part of the Butterfly Garden and Overlook. Marker is at or near this postal address: Cunningham Park, Joplin MO 64804, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Survivor Quotes (here, next to this marker); Recovery Efforts: After the Storm (here, next to this marker); Tornado Statistics - May 22, 2011 - Joplin, MO (here, next to this marker); St. John's Regional Medical Center (a few steps from this marker); Butterfly Garden and Overlook (a few steps from this marker); Joplin Tornado Memorial, Volunteer Tribute and Children's Memorial (a few steps from this marker); A Tribute to the Volunteers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Miracle of the Human Spirit - Joplin 2011 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Joplin.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stories of Joplin: Let your story be heard. (Submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. National Geographic 2015 - Witness Joplin Tornado Full Documentary HD 2015. (Submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Butterfly Garden and Overlook. (Submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Butterfly Garden and Overlook image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Butterfly Garden and Overlook
Frame structures representing the thousands of homes destroyed in the 2011 tornado

4. The Butterfly People of Joplin. (Submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. The butterfly people of Joplin. (Submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Disasters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 4, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 4, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on October 2, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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