Lynchburg raising money to add statue of M.W. Thornhill in 5th Street traffic circle
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The City of Lynchburg is on its way to adding a statue in the center of the 5th Street traffic circle in Lynchburg.
The 5th Street Community Development Corporation wants to commission a statue of the late M.W. Thornhill.
Thornhill was Lynchburg's first African-American mayor and civil rights activist.
His family business, Community Funeral Home, has had a strong presence on 5th Street for 70 years.
The president of the Fifth Street CDC said it's only right to put his statue there.
"He was a philanthropist, he was just a good guy," Eddie Claiborne said.
There is only 15% left to raise of the $60,000 goal.
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