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Benton Harbor and St. Joseph commit to statues of Martin Luther King Jr in both communities

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Posted at 5:26 AM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 05:26:44-05

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. — Two neighboring cities in southwestern Michigan are making a public commitment to social justice by installing statues of Martin Luther King Jr. in both communities.

Benton Harbor is 84% Black, and St. Joseph is 84% white.

Each city will also erect separate statues of a resident who is remembered as a social justice leader in each city.

Benton Harbor Commissioner Edward Isom says art has a unique ability to enhance both communities.

The Herald-Palladium reports that the goal is to have the statues up in 2022. Donations will be accepted.