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STAMPS, Ark. (AP) — A southwest Arkansas town hopes to replace two tributes to the area’s African-American history that were stolen after the town’s first black mayor was elected.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Brenda Davis was elected mayor of Stamps on Sept. 19. A few days later, a $2,000 copper bust of black Confederate soldiers and a frame protecting a large photo of Maya Angelou were taken from Maya Angelou Memorial Park.

Angelou was a poet, author and civil-rights activist who lived in the town as a child.

Davis says the tributes have been in place for at least a year.

The Arkansas Historic Commission plans to restore the statue, which is expected to be completed in January.

Davis has served on the City Council for 17 years.


Information from: Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette,