PIQUA, Ohio (WDTN) – A new statue depicting former Ohio Congressman William M. McCulloch was installed on McCulloch Square Thursday morning.
The statue was a gift to the city from Crown Equipment CEO James F. Dicke II.
The Piqua Daily Call reports that Dicke spent two summers working for Congressman McCulloch in his Washington, D.C. office in the 1960s.
He spearheaded a campaign several years ago to replace a statue at the National Statutory Hall at the United States Capitol Building with one of McCulloch.
McCulloch is widely recognized as a key figure in the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
“We are very excited about having the statue of William McCulloch in McCulloch Plaza,” said Piqua City Manager Gary Huff. “As everyone knows here in Piqua, he is the father of the Civil Rights Act and considered to be a hero from that fashion. We are happy to honor him, and we are very privileged that he was from our community and that we can recognize him and his tremendous efforts.”
McCulloch, a Republican, was elected to Congress in November of 1947 and was re-elected to 12 consecutive terms.
A date for the formal dedication of the statue has not yet been set.