- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 6, 2017

BOYS TOWN, Neb. (AP) - Boys Town has a new statue that shows hardship isn’t exclusive to one race or gender.

The Omaha home for troubled boys and girls unveiled the 7-foot-tall statue Tuesday. The work by sculptor Matthew Placzek depicts an older boy carrying a smaller girl on his back. She is white, he is black. Its title: “The Work Continues.”

Boys Town was founded by Father Edward Flanagan in 1917 as a boys orphanage. It has grown into a nonprofit organization with about a dozen facilities around the U.S.

The iconic “Two Brothers” statue is displayed elsewhere at Boys Town. The Rev. Steven Boes (bayz) is Boys Town’s executive director, and he says the new statue “beautifully illustrates the diversity of the children and families that Boys Town serves.”

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