- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Thomas Edison is headed to the U.S. Capitol, but first he’s stopping in his Ohio hometown.

A nearly 7-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of the prolific inventor holding a light bulb will join the historic figures at Statuary Hall in Washington later this year.

The statue has been displayed at the Ohio Statehouse. The Blade in Toledo (https://bit.ly/25ACxK1 ) reported that it was removed Tuesday and will spend the summer at the public library in Milan before going to its official dedication in Washington. The library expects it to arrive in June.

“We have a beautiful location in our new addition of the public library, right smack on the ground floor,” said Don Gfell, vice president of the Thomas A. Edison Birthplace Museum.

Each state can display two notable figures at Statuary Hall. Edison will replace a statue of former Ohio Gov. William Allen, a Democrat from the 1800s who supported Southern slave owners.

The Allen statue might move to the Ross County Historical Society in Chillicothe, if its floor can handle the weight.

“It is a larger-than-life statue on a 4-foot-tall pedestal,” said Tom Kuhn, society director. “It’s going to be rather imposing, no matter where it goes.”

The Edison statue was sculpted by Alan Cotrill, of Zanesville.

Mark Wagoner, an attorney who headed the committee that recommended the Edison selection, said that U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan’s office has provided a general time frame of September for the statue’s move to Washington.


Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/

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