Funds needed for new Ohio statue in US Capitol

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will have a new statue of Thomas Edison in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall, but first there’s the matter of paying for it.

A nonprofit commission in February will begin raising the $1 million needed to cover the cost of creating the statue and getting it to Washington.

The commission also will decide what the statue should look like, who will carve it, and whether it will be marble or bronze, The Blade newspaper of Toledo reported.

Doug McDonald, chief executive officer of the Cincinnati Museum Center, will lead the commission.

“We’ve got to get a group assembled to represent the state broadly so that we’ll be successful in fundraising,” said Elizabeth Pierce, a museum spokeswoman.

It will be 18-months to two years before the new Edison statue takes its place in the Capitol, she said.

Edison was chosen in a vote at historic sites around Ohio in 2010 to replace a statue of William Allen, a 19th century congressman and governor who supported Southern slave owners. Edison won a close vote over aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright.

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