Ohio’s Edison statue to be packed up for move to US Capitol

MILAN, Ohio (AP) — Thomas Edison is getting ready to leave Ohio and take his spot at the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

A bronze statue of the inventor holding a light bulb has been displayed at the library in his hometown of Milan (MY’-lan) ahead of its installation in Washington. A member of the state’s Edison statue commission tells the Sandusky Register (http://bit.ly/2bTKG6N ) that the figure will be packed up Friday to start the trip.

The formal installation is Sept. 21.

Each state can display two notable figures. Ohio officials decided in 2010 to replace a statue of former Gov. William Allen, who supported Southern slave owners. Ohio voters choosing his replacement selected Edison over other historical figures, such as Wilbur and Orville Wright.

Ohio’s other statue is former President James Garfield.


Information from: Sandusky Register, http://www.sanduskyregister.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=frontpage?frontpage

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