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State

Carl Sandburg statue to make debut in Galesburg

GALESBURG (AP) — The public will get a first look at a 9-foot bronze statue of poet Carl Sandburg during the opening of the annual Sandburg Days Festival in Galesburg.

The (Galesburg) Register-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/1lBbpiV ) the statue will be escorted by police and fire vehicles in a procession Wednesday to its temporary home at the Ameren Building.

The statue, by sculptor Lonnie Stewart, will remain at the building until money is raised to build a brick-and-mortar base. The statue ultimately will be installed in the city's Central Park.

Sandburg, a native of Galesburg, is known for his poetry and a biography of Abraham Lincoln. The small frame home where he was born is operated as a state historic site.

The four-day Sandburg Days Festival includes lectures by Sandburg biographer Penelope Niven.

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Information from: The Register-Mail, http://www.register-mail.com

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