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City to receive McCulloch statue

Thursday, April 12, 2018

PIQUA — The city of Piqua will be receiving the gift a statue honoring Congressman William M. McCulloch and his contributions to the civil rights movement, it was announced in a special presentation during the Piqua City Commission meeting.

McCulloch, who had a law practice in Piqua, served for five terms as a U.S. Congressman and is well-known for his efforts in securing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

James F. Dicke II, who is from New Bremen and is chairman and CEO of Crown Equipment, will be donating the statue to Piqua. Crown Equipment is a privately-held company owned by the Dicke family.

Wes Edwards, attorney at Crown Equipment Corporation, and Mark Manuel, also of Crown Equipment, discussed how the donation came about, noting Dicke’s admiration for McCulloch after working with him in the 1960s.

Dicke worked for two summers in McCulloch’s congressional office in Washington, D.C., between the time of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Edwards said.

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