Kentucky attorney commissions statue of 'national hero' Charles Ramsey after Cleveland women found
John Kosich, newsnet5.com
6:03 PM, May 23, 2013
7:55 AM, May 24, 2013
CLEVELAND - Three weeks ago, Charles Ramsey lived the quiet life of a restaurant dishwasher on Cleveland's Seymour Avenue. On Friday, he'll get his own statue in Kentucky.
Ramsey has an appearance at the Stanville, Kentucky law firm of Eric C. Conn. According to a news release promoting the event, Conn, who is known for his love of statues, commissioned a statue of Ramsey, which will be unveiled.
"I can't think of a better way to commend my friend Charles than having a statue made in his honor," Conn said in the release.
Ramsey rocketed to Internet stardom on May 6 following his role in the rescue of three Cleveland women missing in some cases for over a decade.
"The sculptor has decided to depict Ramsey as he was on the day he became a hero," the news release read. The unnamed sculptor is quoted as saying "The most difficult part of make the statue is sculpting Ramsey's unique hair style."
The meet-and-greet and statue unveiling will take place at Conn's Law firm on U.S. 23 in Friday from noon until 2 p.m.
"All are encouraged to come and celebrate this national hero," according to the release.
A 2011 Wall Street Journal article that talked about Conn's role as an attorney specializing in Social Security matters stated he runs his practice out of connected mobiles homes, "where he erected a giant statue of Abraham Lincoln in the parking lot."
The 19-foot-high Lincoln statue, a replica of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. is the second largest seated Lincoln statue in the world and cost a half million dollars, according to news accounts of its arrival in Stanville in 2010.
So will Charles Ramsey and Honest Abe share adjoining spots? No, according to the news release.
"The statue, after the unveiling, will be donated to a museum in Cleveland."