South Dakota town to welcome Barack Obama statue this summer
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Rapid City, South Dakota, will welcome a statue of former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaSenate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed Beyoncé in 'Time 100' profile: Michelle Obama empowers black Americans New Broadway play 'Hillary and Clinton' debuts MORE to its “City of Presidents” this summer.

The foundation behind the City of Presidents – which places life-size bronze statues of past US presidents throughout the streets and sidewalks of Rapid City – confirmed to a local ABC station on Friday that the statue would be completed and unveiled this coming July.

Dallerie Davis, co-founder of the foundation, told the local outlet that the group is also working to make sure the statue is more interesting and fitting for “particularly someone like President Obama.”


"We found out that a standing guy who is waving is rather boring and the one thing we don't want to do is have a boring statue on the street, particularly someone like President Obama. He deserves a statue that isn't boring," Davis said.

"We've had a lot of people indicate that they plan on coming from all over the United States,” Davis continued.

“It's remarkable to me how much interest there is. We've had a number of people throughout the United States who say be sure to let us know when it is happening, we will be there,” she added. “I feel we will have a really good audience for that one." 

The artist tasked with creating the statue told the station that the project is “the first of the four statues I've done for the City of Presidents where it is somebody people will recognize.” 

“The other three were from the 1850s and I don't think anyone had a strong emotional attachment to them, so it's nice to do someone people are interested in,” he continued.

The foundation also said there has also been an artist selected to create a statue of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE.