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Citizens Committee To Decide Fate Of Controversial Statue

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — A committee made up of citizens will decide the fate of a controversial statue of Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday night, the Rocky Mount City Council accepted a report from the mayor pro tem concerning the decision made by the MLK Jr. Statue Steering Committee on July 31.

Many residents claim the statue looks nothing like the civil rights leader and want it changed.

The report recommends that an 11-person citizens committee be appointed to study the issue of the statue, explore alternatives and make recommendations to the council on how to handle the problem.

The mayor and each council member would appoint one person each, and three at-large members would represent the community.

The city paid an Illinois artist $55,000 for the bronze statue.

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