It took five years of campaigning before approval was given for a Thomas A. Edison statue to replace the one for former Gov. William Allen as a representation of Ohio in the National Statuary Hall in Washington.
"It is truly amazing how people pulled together," Edison Birthplace trustee Don Gfell said.
Now, more work will be needed before the project becomes a reality. About $500,000 must be raised for a sculptor to create a bust of the famous Milan-born inventor and have it placed in Washington.
A silent auction, live auction and donations for the Edison statue were a large part of Milan Chamber of Commerce's annual awards banquet on Saturday. Gfell said his goal of $15,000 to $20,000 for that night was met, if not exceeded.
(NOTE - Pictures of the event can be seen by clicking HERE.)
Two stories about Saturday's banquet and the statue project were published in Monday's Reflector. To read the stories, pick up a copy of that issue or subscribe to the e-paper for less than $1 per week and read it now.