By Marc Kovac
Ohio is a signature away from designating an official state artifact after unanimous passage of related legislation in the Ohio House.
Tuesday’s vote came less than a month after comparable support in the Ohio Senate to so honor the Adena Pipe, which was found in a southern Ohio mound more than a century ago.
The smoking vessel is carved from pipestone in the image of an American Indian man, and historians estimate that it was created between 800 B.C. and A.D. 1 It is named after the Chillicothe estate of Ohio’s sixth governor, Thomas Worthington, where it was found.
The legislation stemmed from a project undertaken by students from the Columbus School for Girls.
“These students are not only passionate, but also, as sometimes required in the Legislature, persistent,” said Rep. Mike Duffey, R-Columbus, who sponsored companion legislation in the Ohio House. “And today, that diligence is bearing fruit, and it’s a message that each of us can appreciate as Legislators — that persistence matters.”
Pending Gov. John Kasich’s signature, the Adena Pipe will join numerous other official state symbols, including the ladybug (state insect), tomato (state fruit) and bullfrog (state frog).