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Monday, June 22, 2009

discovered in McRae, GA...

On our trek to Subway in McRae, GA, while on our way to Kentucky, Jake Austin found a miniature Statue of Liberty. He's been fascinated by Lady Liberty in the last couple of weeks and stumbling upon this mini replica was so cool!


I looked it up online and found this information.

McRae, Georgia

In 1986, the Lions Club of McRae got swept up in the fanfare surrounding the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. They decided to build a Statue of Liberty of their own, and a replica Liberty Bell as well, "as a reminder to citizens what America really means."

The McRae Lions didn't have a lot of cash, nor did they have a lot of statue-building materials. But they did have enthusiasm. Working entirely from photographs -- and junk found lying around town -- they built a 1/12 scale version of Miss Liberty. Her head was carved -- with a chainsaw -- from a stump pulled out of a nearby swamp. Her upraised arm was made of Styrofoam. The hand that holds her torch is actually an oversized electrician lineman's glove.

Said Ray Bowers of the Club, "We never knew it would be so pretty." The green lady is illuminated by spotlights at night.

The Lions built their replica Liberty Bell with similar efficiency. They took the old McRae town fire bell and put a big crack in it.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Can't wait to see pics! Are you guys home yet?