- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - A statue of former Dearborn Mayor Orville Hubbard - whose political legacy includes efforts to keep black families from moving into the Detroit suburb - was removed Tuesday from outside the old City Hall building.

It was taken down by city crews and will be stored at the Dearborn Historical Museum.

Hubbard held office in Dearborn from 1942 to 1977. He put the slogan “Be Nice to People” on police cars while vowing to keep blacks from living in the city. He died in 1982.

Over the years, Dearborn has become more racially diverse. About a third of the city’s residents are of Middle Eastern descent and about 4 percent are black.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Michigan office had been pushing for the statue to be taken down.

“The vision that Orville Hubbard had, thankfully, is not the Dearborn of today,” Council for American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter Executive Director Dawud Walid told The Detroit News.

Hubbard’s statue was erected in 1989.

The old City Hall building was sold in 2013 and is being turned into galleries and a work space for artists. The decision to move the statue to the historical museum was made this summer.

Noting that the property no long belongs to the city, Hubbard’s daughter, Nancy Hubbard, said she thinks “it’s all right” to move the statue.

It’s not yet been determined when the statue will go up at the museum, but it will be displayed there, acting chief curator Jack Tate said.

“It’s a good location because the former mayor was a very important part of the history of this city,” Tate told the Detroit Free Press. “A very proper place for him would be at the museum, which is supposed to preserve the history of the city.”

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