Dominion Peoples Provides Major Funding for Wilkinsburg's Abe Lincoln Statue

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Dominion Peoples

    PITTSBURGH, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Peoples announced today
 (April 27), that they would award a $5,000 grant to The Wilkinsburg Historical
 Society as part of a community-sponsored re-dedication ceremony.  The grant
 will be used to cover restoration costs of a copper statue of Abraham Lincoln.
 The statue will return to its original site at the intersection of Ardmore
 Boulevard and Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg, just east of downtown Pittsburgh.
     More than 1,000 students from the Wilkinsburg school district will join
 with residents and community leaders as part of a re-dedication ceremony,
 complete with celebrity re-enactor James Getty as Abe Lincoln himself.  James
 Getty has portrayed Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg since 1978 and has also been
 featured on television and in special appearances in the United States and
 Canada.  The event will be held at Graham Field, located at Princeton
 Boulevard and Penn Avenue.  Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Justin M.
 Johnson will also on hand to deliver the salute to "President Lincoln."
     The yearlong project consisted of restoring the 6-foot-4-inch statue to
 its original splendor.  The Wilkinsburg statue is the fifth of seven such
 statues designed by Alfonzo Pelzer back in 1916.  Episodes of vandalism and
 natural deterioration had earlier taken its toll on the frame.
     On January 2, 2001, the Abraham Lincoln Statue was selected as an official
 project of Save America's Treasures.  The purpose of this program is to
 identify and rescue enduring symbols of American tradition that identify us as
 a nation.
     According to James B. Richard, chair of the Abraham Lincoln Statue
 Committee, "We are very pleased to partner with and to have the continued
 support of Dominion Peoples.  Their grant will help to restore a historical
 landmark for the community to enjoy for many years to come."
     The grant was made through the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to
 the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion
 companies.
     Dominion Peoples is a subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation's largest
 producers of energy.  Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, Va., serves
 3.8 million retail natural gas and electric customers.  Dominion Peoples
 provides natural gas service to more than 351,000 residential, commercial and
 industrial customers in 16 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.  For more
 information about Dominion, visit the company's web site at www.dom.com.
 
     CONTACT:  Elmore Lockley or Denise Brundage, 412-392-2467, both of
 Dominion Peoples.
 
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    PITTSBURGH, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion Peoples announced today
 (April 27), that they would award a $5,000 grant to The Wilkinsburg Historical
 Society as part of a community-sponsored re-dedication ceremony.  The grant
 will be used to cover restoration costs of a copper statue of Abraham Lincoln.
 The statue will return to its original site at the intersection of Ardmore
 Boulevard and Penn Avenue in Wilkinsburg, just east of downtown Pittsburgh.
     More than 1,000 students from the Wilkinsburg school district will join
 with residents and community leaders as part of a re-dedication ceremony,
 complete with celebrity re-enactor James Getty as Abe Lincoln himself.  James
 Getty has portrayed Abraham Lincoln in Gettysburg since 1978 and has also been
 featured on television and in special appearances in the United States and
 Canada.  The event will be held at Graham Field, located at Princeton
 Boulevard and Penn Avenue.  Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Justin M.
 Johnson will also on hand to deliver the salute to "President Lincoln."
     The yearlong project consisted of restoring the 6-foot-4-inch statue to
 its original splendor.  The Wilkinsburg statue is the fifth of seven such
 statues designed by Alfonzo Pelzer back in 1916.  Episodes of vandalism and
 natural deterioration had earlier taken its toll on the frame.
     On January 2, 2001, the Abraham Lincoln Statue was selected as an official
 project of Save America's Treasures.  The purpose of this program is to
 identify and rescue enduring symbols of American tradition that identify us as
 a nation.
     According to James B. Richard, chair of the Abraham Lincoln Statue
 Committee, "We are very pleased to partner with and to have the continued
 support of Dominion Peoples.  Their grant will help to restore a historical
 landmark for the community to enjoy for many years to come."
     The grant was made through the Dominion Foundation, which is dedicated to
 the economic, physical and social health of the communities served by Dominion
 companies.
     Dominion Peoples is a subsidiary of Dominion, one of the nation's largest
 producers of energy.  Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, Va., serves
 3.8 million retail natural gas and electric customers.  Dominion Peoples
 provides natural gas service to more than 351,000 residential, commercial and
 industrial customers in 16 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania.  For more
 information about Dominion, visit the company's web site at www.dom.com.
 
     CONTACT:  Elmore Lockley or Denise Brundage, 412-392-2467, both of
 Dominion Peoples.
 
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