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The week before Labor Day is usually a vacation time for politics — but not this year.  

At Georgia's state Capitol, a big and diverse crowd gathered for the unveiling of a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  The same week, a social media post appeared, in which a white Republican state lawmaker appeared to threaten a former Democratic lawmaker, who is African-American, with possible physical harm if she were to speak about removing Confederate monuments in South Georgia.

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While communities grapple with how to handle monuments to Confederate leaders, a sculpture of Martin Luther King Jr. was unveiled on the grounds of the Georgia state Capitol Monday. 

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King’s family, activists and some of the state’s top Democrat and Republican lawmakers said the 8-foot-tall, bronze image of the civil rights icon in mid-stride should be an example to the country.

A portrait of Andy Davis, self-taught artist/sculptor
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The untimely death of Georgia artist Andy Davis last weekend in a traffic accident in Henry County has left the future of a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the grounds of the state Capitol uncertain.

After years of lobbying by African-American leaders, Gov. Nathan Deal finally agreed to the statue and chose Davis last month to create a likeness of King for the Capitol’s Liberty Plaza.

Rep. Calvin Smyre, a Democrat from Columbus, was also selected by Deal as a coordinator for the project.

Sculptor Andy Davis
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Editor's Note: Andy Davis died July 12 from serious injuries following a car accident. Read the full story here

Sculptor Andy Davis has left his mark around metro Atlanta, Georgia and the South, with crafted likenesses of famous citizens and somber memorials.

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Gov. Nathan Deal says the state has selected a sculptor to create a statue of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that will stand on the grounds of the Georgia Capitol.

The governor's office said Monday that Andy Davis, who is based in Henry County, has been selected to make the statue that will stand in the northeast quadrant of the Capitol grounds overlooking the newly built Liberty Plaza.