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City to commission statue of Nelson Tift

Nelson Tift

Nelson Tift

ALBANY, Ga. -- City officials are working with an artist to create a statue of Albany's founder; the first of new street art campaign aimed at increasing Albany's artistic and cultural significance while paying homage its historic and famous natives.

Nelson Tift settled Albany along the banks of the Flint River in 1836 where he established a cotton trading facility.

City Manager James Taylor said he's asked Downtown Manager Aaron Blair to work on developing new and interesting street art concepts that include statues of Albany's historically notable and famous sons and daughters.

"There are a lot of well-known people who are from Albany and Dougherty County that we can showcase and spotlight," Taylor said. "I feel that, to some degree, we don't celebrate the contributions of our people enough."

Taylor said the goal is to get the community behind the program and get people excited about Albany again.

"We're hoping to generate enough excitement among the citizens to get behind us," Taylor said. "We'd like to re-integrate the turtles into this but we've run into some extensive problems with getting them repaired."

Albany is home to many notable personalities that would be conducive to being immortalized in bronze.

Ray Charles is arguably the most well known and has his visage cast in bronze on the riverfront. At least one other Albany celebrity is in the process of having their likeness immortalized in statue form.

Taylor said that an artist is currently working on a mock-up of Tift that will be presented to city officials for approval before the full version is completed.

The location of the statue has yet to be decided.

Comments

Trustbuster 2 years, 7 months ago

This is long overdue concerning the recognition of Albany's founder. When it is completed I plan to attend the unveiling.

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BettyBowTie 2 years, 7 months ago

Harry James, Wallingford Riegger (composer), Ray Charles, many athletes and ball players, and then there are the famous that lived here but were born elsewhere. A lot of opportunities for statues.Something to acknowledge the Creek Indians would be nice too.

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TamewRod 2 years, 7 months ago

Wow, a statue of Nelson Tift? Ok... A simple plaque with a description and picture would make more sense, but let Albany continue its string of odd decisions. From the standpoint of national significance the only other Albany native deserving of a statue besides Ray Charles would be Alice Coachman. No one would know or care who Wallingford Riegger is; nor Harry James, for that matter, and he only lived in Albany for a matter of days.

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Amazed2 2 years, 7 months ago

Well we already have a bunch or "Turtles" stored somewhere why don't we just paint one of those up in a Cotton Ball theme or something and save the tax money. Only problem with Mr. Taylor's idea is if you do a statue of Nelso Tift you are going to end up with the streets lined in everyone elses. Once you start where do you quit. Murfree??? or Johnny Johnson or Mayor Gray or Mayor Adams or Darrell Elam or what?????????

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whattheheck 2 years, 7 months ago

Oh heck, Amazed, we had the Johnson thing put on ice until this posting. Now the fight begins for a slot on the walkway of fame.

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Trustbuster 2 years, 7 months ago

Those other people mentioned don't count as a founder of Albany. Some of these people suffer a character defect.

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Cartman 2 years, 7 months ago

Great news! We could have a Founder's Day celebration too.

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KaosinAlbany 2 years, 7 months ago

I like your Founder's Day idea. You need to present it to James Taylor. I think he would go for it.

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