"This vertical dimension in man's life penetrates into a horizontal city, and this little piece of land will acknowledge man's dependence on the Divine. As Liberty is symbolized in New York Harbor, Thanksgiving will come to life in Dallas."

Honoring our founders.

In 1964, four businessmen — Joe O. Neuhoff, Julius Schepps, John M. Stemmons, and Peter P. Stewart — wanted the City of Dallas to be known not only for its worldly aspirations and economic accomplishments, but also for the enduring heart of its citizens.

As President of the Foundation Directors, Peter P. Stewart was the driving force behind this effort, involved in every step as the ambitious vision was transformed into reality. His guidance ensured that the oasis created in downtown Dallas was not merely a park, but a “shrine for the future.” Fifty years later, Stewart and The Thanks-Giving Foundation were honored with the Spirit of the United Nations Award for Youth Outreach.

Leadership by the founders and the sacrifices of countless citizens and donors contributed to make Thanks-Giving Square a reality, not just for the current generation but for generations to come.