Lincoln Society to unveil Dayton statue Saturday

On the 156th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s anti-slavery speech in Dayton, sculptor Mike Major is set to unveil his larger-than-life statue of the former president.

The statue, standing roughly 11 feet tall and on a 4-foot base, is positioned in the plaza next to the Old Court House between the pillars, facing north. The piece weighs 1,300 pounds.

The work depicts Lincoln as he appeared in his Sept. 17, 1859, visit to Dayton.

The Lincoln Society of Dayton is expecting Boy Scouts to assist the event, scheduled for Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. in the courthouse plaza. The dedication will take about an hour, and the final stage will be the unveiling.

For more information on how to sign up to help, call 937-278-4825 and ask for Joyce Young.

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