- Associated Press - Monday, June 20, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia officials say they have selected a sculptor for a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. on the state Capitol grounds.

Atlanta-based artist Martin Dawe’s appointment was announced on Monday. The death of previously chosen artist Andy Davis of McDonough prompted the renewed search for a sculptor to memorialize the civil rights leader at the Capitol in Atlanta.

Davis was killed in a 2015 motorcycle accident. A man faces vehicular homicide charges in the artist’s death.

State Rep. Calvin Smyre worked with King’s estate and others to select Dawe. Smyre says officials hope to unveil the statue early next year.

According to Dawe’s studio, the artist was born in South Africa and moved to the U.S. as a child. He studied at Boston University and Georgia State University.

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