Edison statue being moved to Ohio hometown, then US Capitol


COLUMBUS (AP) — Thomas Edison is headed to the U.S. Capitol, but first he’s stopping in his Ohio hometown.

A nearly 7-foot, 900-pound bronze statue of the prolific inventor holding a light bulb will join the historic figures at Statuary Hall in Washington later this year.

The statue has been displayed at the Ohio Statehouse. The Blade in Toledo reports it was removed Tuesday and will spend the summer at the public library in Milan before going to Washington.

Each state can display two notable figures at Statuary Hall. Edison will replace a statue of former Ohio Gov. William Allen, a Democrat from the 1800s who supported Southern slave owners.

The Allen statue might move to the Ross County Historical Society in Chillicothe, if its floor can handle the weight.

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