Fans of ‘Star Trek: Voyager‘ are hoping to raise money to erect a monument in honor of lead character Captain Janeway in her future hometown Bloomington, Indiana. Kate Mulgrew portrayed the Captain for seven seasons on ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ from 1995-2001. She is the only female starship captain to serve as the focus of a ‘Star Trek’ series. The fictional character’s backstory included the fact that she was born and raised in Bloomington in the 24th century.
A group of fans called the Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective has launched a crowdfunding campaign to make the monument a reality.
Below you can see an artist’s mockup:
The monument will be located on Bloomington’s B-Line Trailer. The bust of Janeway on top would be made of bronze, while the base will be limestone with steel plating. The signage will offer information about the character and her connection to Bloomington.
The CJBC’s Peter Kaczmarczyk stated:
“Captain Janeway consistently demonstrated integrity and humanity in the face of many challenges. She led her crew home without compromising her principals and became a role model to a generation of young women. Captain Janeway deserves to be recognized in Bloomington, the place of her future birth.”
The CJBC hopes to raise $12,500 by December 21. If it succeeds, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will match that amount to complete the project. If you would like to donate, click here. The group is also planning a celebration leading up to the character’s birthday on May 20.
Below, you can find a video outlining the plans for this tribute:
In September, Mulgrew shared:
“It’s come to my attention that on this day, 25 years ago, I filmed my first scenes as Captain Janeway. Thus, 25 years ago today I walked onto the Bridge and my life changed utterly. A singularly privileged and extraordinary journey on that intrepid vessel, with my beloved crew. How lucky I have been.”
What do you think? Would you like to see Janeway commemorated this way?