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The New York Times, May 28, 1926


With Huck Finn He is Unveiled as Statue at Hannibal, Mo.

Special to The New York Times.

HANNIBAL, Mo., May 27. - Life size statues of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, done in bronze by Frederick Hibbard, today were unveiled before a large crowd.

The work, which shows Tom starting out in life and Huck remaining behind, was presented to the city by George A. Mahan and his family.

Dean Walter Willliams of the University of Missouri made the principal address. Mayor Morris Anderson made the speech of acceptance.

The crowd seemed most interested in Mrs. Laura Frazer, the Betty [sic] Thatcher of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." She is nearly 90 years old and her happiness is unbounded that the statue should be placed at the base of Cardiff Hill where she, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn played and raced in their childhood days.

Tom & Huck statues

The statue as it looks today. Photo courtesy of Dave Thomson.
The original New York Times news story ran without a photograph.

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