Funds needed for Ohio's new statue in US Capitol

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A fundraising campaign is about to kick-off to raise money for Ohio's new statue in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall.

A nonprofit commission says it needs $1 million to pay for the statue of inventor Thomas Edison.

Edison spent his early years in the northern Ohio town of Milan (MY'-lan). He was chosen in a vote to replace a statue of William Allen, a 19th century congressman and governor who supported Southern slave owners.

The commission says in will begin raising private donations in February

The Blade newspaper in Toledo (http://bit.ly/TG5RqK ) reports that it will be 18-months to two-years before the new Edison statue takes its place in the Capitol.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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