Lynchburg raising money to add statue of M.W. Thornhill in 5th Street traffic circle

Statue honoring former Mayor Thornhill coming to 5th street (photo: Marissa Parra/WSET)

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.

If you would like to donate, go here.

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