Conch Blower.

Statue of the Conch-Blowing Greeter

Field review by the editors.

Key West, Florida

Until his death in 2003, Albert Kee acted as Key West's unofficial goodwill ambassador, blowing on a conch shell, waving, and yelling "Welcome to the island!" to everyone -- literally everyone -- who visited its Southernmost Point monument. A dozen years later, Key West remembered its cheerful greeter with a life-size bronze statue, anchored to his old spot, unveiled on March 7, 2015. The ceremony was attended by sculptor Tom Joris and hundreds of locals, including dancers, singers, a crew of "conch honkers," and Kee's 101-year-old mother.

Albert Kee was also a bishop in the Church of God of Prophecy, which is responsible for another memorable roadside attraction: the World's Largest Ten Commandments.

Also see: Town Ambassadors

Statue of the Conch-Blowing Greeter

Address:
South St., Key West, FL
Directions:
Follow US Hwy 1 south until you can drive no further. At the corner of Whitehead and South Sts, next to the Southernmost Point monument.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
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