Richard Pryor statue unveiled in his Illinois hometown

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A statue of Richard Pryor has been unveiled in his hometown of Peoria after a yearslong effort to honor the late comedian and actor.

More than 300 people were at the unveiling Sunday for the 9-foot-tall bronze statue of Pryor. The statue is in the Warehouse District and has downtown Peoria as a backdrop.

Efforts to build the statue went on for nine years, with the $130,000 needed raised through donations and a November benefit organized by comic George Lopez.

Richard Pryor Jr., who was at the unveiling, said it was surreal to see a statue erected for his father, who died in 2005.

 

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