- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The long-planned Rhode Island Holocaust Memorial has celebrated its ceremonial groundbreaking.

Construction of the memorial, near the World War I and II memorials in Memorial Park on South Main Street in Providence, is expected to begin in days.

The memorial features six black granite columns of increasing height, representing the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust. The columns will mark a curving path, lined with railroad ties, which leads to a spherical white stone symbolizing the future.

The Holocaust Memorial has been 10 years in the making since David Newman, a Holocaust survivor, began a campaign for it.

Officials say the project’s cost has been the reason for the delays.

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