In 2005, the Tupelo County Rotary Club sponsored a commission for sculptor William Beckwith to craft a statue that would pay tribute to historic Chickasaw leader Piominko, or Piomingo. Beckwith’s statue now stands in front of the Tupelo City Hall in Lee County, Mississippi.
The six-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Piominko was unveiled at a ceremony in 2005, and there have been annual commemorations honoring Piominko since then. The statue was built to raise awareness of the rich history of the tribe and to strengthen the bond between the Chickasaw Nation and the community of Tupelo.
Piominko was born around 1750 and played a pivotal role in ensuring the security of the Chickasaw Nation. He led the Chickasaws during some of the most important years in the tribe’s history. Although Piominko died around 1799, he is still honored for his significant contributions to the progress of the Chickasaw people and was inducted into the Chickasaw Hall of Fame in 2010.