MARQUETTE, Mich. (AP) – A memorial ceremony is planned next month in Marquette to commemorate the restoration of a statue of Father Marquette.
The Mining Journal of Marquette reports that the historic statue was restored during the past several months by Detroit-based Venus Bronze Works. Workers last week replaced missing pieces and cleaned the statue, which has been at its current site for 100 years.
The memorial will be held July 15. It will include presentations by Marquette Mayor Johnny DePetro and the project’s leading sculptor, Giorgio Gikas.
Emily Lewis is president of the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee. She says work is not finished with the restoration. She says next comes landscaping, lighting and making the park accessible to people with disabilities.
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