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Keith Benthall, right, discusses the assembly of the Sam Houston Statue during Tuesday’s birthday festivities held at the statue’s visitor center and gift shop. Benthall was responsible for the welding on the statue. Th statue was dedicated to the City of Huntsville on October 22, 1994 by the artist, David Adickes, in honor os Sam Houston becoming the first president of the Republic of Texas. Kimm Thomas, left, from Huntsville’s tourism department and Jamie Matthews of the Sam Houston Visitor Center listen on. Thomas explained that this birthday was a kick-off for the 20th Anniversary next year. The statue also celebrated earlier this year as its millionth signature was placed in the visitor center’s guest book.

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