The Carroll County Freedom Rock is located at the east edge of Manning, in Willow Creek Park. The 9½-foot tall rock was moved from Dedham in March and is near the entrance to the Hausbarn Heritage Park. Artist Ray Sorensen will paint the rock in 2014.
The Carroll County Freedom Rock is located at the east edge of Manning, in Willow Creek Park. The 9½-foot tall rock was moved from Dedham in March and is near the entrance to the Hausbarn Heritage Park. Artist Ray Sorensen will paint the rock in 2014.
July 29, 2013



The Freedom Rock Tour, created by Greenfield artist Ray "Bubba" Sorensen, is coming to Carroll County in 2014.

Sorensen began the tour in 1999 with the painting of a large rock north of Greenfield and is now extending his paintings to one rock in each Iowa county. He recently completed a mural at the American Legion in Breda.

The Carroll County rock is at the east edge of Manning, in Willow Creek Park. The 9-1/2-foot-tall rock was moved from Dedham in March and is located near the entrance to the Hausbarn Heritage Park.

Inspired by images seen in films such as "Saving Private Ryan," Sorensen has painted the original rock each year as a tribute to those who play the ultimate sacrifice both at home and overseas. That rock, located 1/1/2 miles south of Interstate 80 at exit No. 86, is repainted annually for Memorial Day.

One scene on the 2013 rock depicts the grave markers of two area men killed in Afghanistan in 2011, Spc. Shawn Muhr of Coon Rapids and Staff Sgt. James Justice of Manilla.

Sorensen's work is known internationally, and he has painted patriotic murals throughout the United States.

The Iowa Freedom Rock tour currently has seven finished rocks, including the Shelby County rock finished in July in Earling. Manilla will host the Crawford County rock, and Kimballton will have the Audubon County rock. The paintings on the county rocks are expected to last eight to 10 years. The Carroll County rock is scheduled to be painted in 2014.

Representatives from Manning VFW Post 3517, American Legion Emil Ewoldt Post 22, Main Street Manning and Hausbarn Heritage Park have shared time and work toward the Carroll County Rock. They are planning a fundraiser Aug. 9 to help pay for the painting and landscaping.

Brad Morgan and his band will perform at the Hausbarn from 8 p.m.-midnight.

Morgan, who was raised north of Manning, opened for the July 26 River Ruckus at Guthrie Center. He plays a mix of folk, country and rock 'n' roll.