A poster that was torn from the shelves of MU-owned stores is selling wildly in Boonville. The poster commemorates the first Missouri Tigers football victory over Nebraska since 1978.
The Friends of Historic Boonville initially ordered 150 of the posters and sold them in three days for $10 each. The group then ordered a shipment of 100 more, which was received Monday, said Maryellen McVicker, executive director for Friends of Historic Boonville. The Friends sold 82 more posters in about six hours Monday, she said.
McVicker said poster sales have raised $1,250, which will be used to build a $66,000 statue of Hannah Cole, founder of Boonville and the first female pioneer to settle in central Missouri, McVicker said.
The Friends decided to sell the posters after William Mathis, the photographer and designer of the poster, suggested the organization sell it to raise money for the statue. Mathis printed 3,000 of the posters through MathisJones Communications on recommendation from MU’s licensing department, he said.
But MU stores stopped selling the poster, which shows fans tearing down goal posts on Oct. 11 at Faurot Field. The athletic department said the image promoted unacceptable behavior.
“I don’t condone kids doing bad things, but what I don’t condone even more is censorship,” Mathis said.
Mathis said he receives about 50 e-mails a day from people requesting copies of the poster. He said the poster is not about encouraging poor behavior, but celebrating an improved football program.
“It’s a turning point of Mizzou football. It says this is what it was before and this is what it will be from now on,” Mathis said.
Fans can buy the poster at the Friends of Historic Boonville office, 614 E. Morgan St. in Boonville, or by calling (660) 882-7977.