Ohio is not only the birthplace of aviation, we can also claim the title birthplace of rocket riders.
An effort is underway to memorialize them in Dayton with a mural.
Bryan Stewart, a community activist and the legislative aide to Dayton City Commissioner Christopher Shaw, has partner with The Mural Machine to bring the project to life.
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The project is in its infancy, but Stewart said more than $1,000 has already been raised.
Stewart said that idea is to highlight Dayton’s rich history for current and future generations.
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“There is so much for us to be proud of , Stewart said. “There is something about our community that propels us t othe stars.”
Stewart said that a location for the mural is being sought. The design or the mural has not yet been determined or how it will highlight the past or/and future.
“Is there a kid in our area that could on the first flight to Mars?” he said.
NASA has an interactive page about Ohio astronauts.
Click here to see it.