Milan, Ohio (AP) -- The search for a new Ohio statue for the U.S. Capitol is taking a panel of state lawmakers to the birthplace of inventor Thomas Edison.
The committee is looking for a historic figure to replace William Allen, one of two Ohioans representing the state in the National Statuary Hall at the capitol building in Washington.
Allen was a 19th century congressman and Ohio governor who portrayed blacks as savages and supported the rights of southern slave owners.
Members of the panel are scheduled to hold their first meeting Friday at the edison birthplace museum in Milan, 50 miles west of Cleveland in northern Ohio.
Ohio's other statue at the capitol is of James Garfield, the nation's 20th president, who was assassinated in 1881.
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