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Georgia Gov. Signs Bill Approving MLK Statue

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers his State of the State address at the Capitol. (David Goldman/AP)
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal delivers his State of the State address at the Capitol. (David Goldman/AP)

BY CHRISTINA A. CASSIDY, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal was joined by two of Martin Luther King Jr.’s children as he signed legislation providing for a statue to honor the slain civil rights leader in the state he was born.

Martin Luther King III and the Rev. Bernice King joined the governor at the Capitol Tuesday. Luther King III called it a great tribute to his father.

He says his hope is that it reminds people that there is still work to be done as far as civil rights.

How soon the statue will be erected and where it will be placed on Capitol grounds has yet to be decided. It will be paid for with private funds.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner was born in 1929 in Atlanta.

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