City to Spend $100K on 'Foot Soldiers' Monument

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

  Mayor William Bell announced the plans in conjunction with the city's observance of the 50th anniversary of the landmark civil rights demonstrations of 1963.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- The city of Birmingham expects to spend about $100,000 on a monument honoring "foot soldiers" of the civil rights movement.

The mayor's office says the city will award $10,000 to the designer who comes up with a memorial to the ordinary people who participated in the movement.

Another $90,000 will be spent on the monument itself based on a statement from the city.

The memorial will be placed in a downtown park near the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Officials are hoping for a structure made of steel, like other sculpture that's already in the park.

Officials plan to install the monument in 2014.


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