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CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — A statue of the world famous founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken has been unveiled.

WYMT-TV reports ( ) officials in Corbin, Kentucky, showcased the bronze, life-size statue of Col. Harland Sanders during a ceremony on Wednesday. The area, which is now known as Sanders Park, used to be a blighted piece of property.

Sanders is a recognizable figure known throughout the world for his successful restaurant business and secret fried chicken recipe. He opened his first restaurant in Corbin in the 1930s.

Mayor Willard McBurney says the statue is a major part of the city’s vision to revitalize Main Street and to bring in more tourists to see the city.

The statue was sculpted and installed by Louisville artist Raymond Graff.


Information from: WYMT-TV,