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Richard Pryor statue unveiled in Peoria
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Richard Pryor statue unveiled in Peoria

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FILE - In this June 10, 2013 file photo, artist Preston Jackson uses a butter knife to work on the small details of his oil-based, clay model statue of comedian Richard Pryor at his studio in the Contemporary Art Center building in Peoria, Ill. For the greater part of nine years, sculptor Preston Jackson was swimming upstream in his effort to create a public statue of Peoria’s most famous comedian, Richard Pryor. On Friday May, 1, 2015 the larger-than-life statue will finally be erected in the Warehouse District at the corner of Washington and State Streets. The unveiling ceremony will be on Sunday. (Nick Schnelle/Journal Star via AP, File)

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A statue of Richard Pryor has been unveiled in his hometown of Peoria after a yearslong effort to honor the late comedian and actor.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports more than 300 people were at the unveiling Sunday for the 9-foot-tall bronze statue of Pryor. The statue is in the Warehouse District and has downtown Peoria as a backdrop.

Efforts to build the statue went on for nine years, with the $130,000 needed raised through donations and a November benefit organized by comic George Lopez.

Richard Pryor Jr., who was at the unveiling, said it was surreal to see a statue erected for his father, who died in 2005.

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