- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - A sculpture of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and University of Notre Dame President Theodore Hesburgh is planned for a downtown South Bend plaza.

The bronze sculpture is being modeled after a photograph of King and Hesburgh joining hands during a 1964 civil rights rally in Chicago.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tah-juhj) says people will be able to hold hands with the King and Hesburgh figures as others did at the rally.

The sculpture will be created by retired Indiana University South Bend art professor Tuck Langland. The project’s estimated $240,000 cost will be paid for by donations, including from Notre Dame, which Hesburgh led from 1952 until 1987.

Officials plan to unveil the sculpture next June on a plaza near the St. Joseph County Courthouse.

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