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Holocaust Memorial taking shape on Statehouse lawn before dedication next month

Karen Kasler
Ohio Public Radio
Holocaust and Liberators Memorial in Columbus.

The first new memorial in decades on the Statehouse grounds is just a few weeks away from being completed.

Workers are sanding and drilling grayish white stones in a pit on the south lawn of the Statehouse, in the shadow of two big metal structures that look like ladders. But right now, the Holocaust and Liberators Memorial doesn’t look much like the artist’s rendering that’s posted on the fence surrounding it. But Joyce Garver Keller with Ohio Jewish Communities says soon, visitors will be able to start to see the memorial and its powerful message honoring those who were lost and those who saved lives. “Art should provoke conversation and thought, and I think that this piece will do that in a very positive way."

The $2.3 million project, paid for with private funds, is set to be dedicated June 2.