'Chieftain' statue needs our help

Posted 5/13/18

To The Editor:In the early 1970s my mother lived on Parker Street here in Cleveland. At that time, a gifted young man began his sculpture of the Cherokee Chieftain on a lot directly across the street …

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'Chieftain' statue needs our help

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To The Editor:

In the early 1970s my mother lived on Parker Street here in Cleveland. At that time, a gifted young man began his sculpture of the Cherokee Chieftain on a lot directly across the street from her house.

She sat  on her front porch and watched him work on that masterpiece, and enjoyed seeing it evolve.

The young man's name was Peter Toth, and his hope was to erect a statue in each state to honor the Indian heritage. He often accepted my mother's invitation to lunch or a game of pool with my stepdad. 

When he left Cleveland, he presented her an Indian bust he had sculpted, and she treasured it. She was of Cherokee descent and had come to this area from North Carolina at the age of 12.

That Indian bust has been well cared for and appreciated by her descendants. Cleveland's magnificent Cherokee Chieftain deserves the same esteem and preservation.

Could we not get an organization to help us raise funds to perhaps build a glass enclosure to showcase and protect it? It is in the perfect location, but surely needs to be enclosed and protected from the elements.

Just a small donation on each person's part would soon add up, and we can save this beautiful gift that was bestowed on our city by Peter Toth.

— Lillian Griffith

Cleveland

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