Restoration of Martin Luther King Jr. sculpture begins in downtown Baton Rouge

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Workers have begun restoring a sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in City Plaza in downtown Baton Rouge ahead of Black History Month.

Construction workers began the process, which is projected to last roughly one month, on Wednesday. They began by putting up scaffolding around the sculpture, according to a Baton Rouge Area Foundation press release.

Next, workers plan to remove the sculpture’s faded colors and repaint it.

“Scuffed up by time and skateboarders, the base around the sculpture will also be revived,” the release reveals.

The City-Parish government has partnered with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, the Downtown Development District and BRAF to carry out the restoration.

Arthur Silverman designed the 21-foot sculpture in 1996.


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